Sign Petition Against Smart Meters

**The Texas petition below now has 601 signatures (as of 9-29-11).  Your lies aren’t working, smart meter industry!

TEXAS PETITION:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nosmartmeters/

NATIONAL PETITIONS:

This petition automatically emails your objections to the appropriate legislators.
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5836/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7308

This petition to be sent to U.S. House of Representatives:
http://signon.org/sign/stop-radiation-emitting?source=c.fwd.in&r_by=528046

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What’s Wrong with Smart Meters? A Beginner’s Guide

For those who are wondering what a smart meter is and why people are not happy about them, we’ve put together a summary to help quickly understand the main issues surrounding them.    More >>

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Thanks to Radmeters.com For Donation of RF Detector

Ban Smart Meters would like to thank the kind and generous folks at RadMeters.com for their unsolicited donation of an RF detector that allows us to make the invisible radiation emitted by smart meters into something visible.

RadMeters.com asked for nothing in return for their donation.

After recently receiving the Cornet ED25G from RadMeters.com, we have been measuring everything–microwaves, cell phones, and, of course, the smart meters.

We hope to be able to produce some videos showing the results of various measurements and also to design smart meter shields that completely block all wireless transmissions from the meter.  We are lucky enough to have access to a smart meter that is not attached to a wall, so it can be completely wrapped with whatever material needs testing.

At this point, we can say that the heavy foil roasting pans, two layers thick and completely wrapped around the meter do NOT completely block the signal.  Even with the nearest meter being 400-500 feet away, the utility company is still getting a reading for the monthly bill and the detector still shows spiked pulses every 5-7 seconds.

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Smart Meter Burns Down Home in Alabama?

The following comment was left on this website by “kristie” in Alabama:

I FULLY believe that the smart meter is responsible for my house burning in may 2010. I lived in a BRAND new doublewide. had the “old meter” for the 1st 9 months of living in the home. immediatly after the smart meter was installed, fuses began to blow, lights would dim totally off then come back on, light bulbs would blow WEEKLY. my home burnt on a thursday, and prior to the fire,,,alabama power had came to my home 4 times to check out my “problems”. four days before the fire, the power co was called out to check a LOUD pop and power went off for about 30 seconds and then came back on. I started making my son sleep in my room for fear of a fire in the middle of the night. we lived in total fear for MONTHS then one day I got off work and came home to find my home fully engulfed in flames. AL [Alabama] POWER immediately took my smart meter. hmmmm. and within 60 days of the fire, MY meter was no where to be found, I was told the power co had destroyed it!! can someone help or if you have had a fire since the smart meter was installed, PLEASE email me or call 256 463 9864

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BUSTED: Industry Employee Leaves “Anonymous” Comment

Steve Jillings, Senior RF (radiofrequency) Applications Engineer at Semtech Corporation in Camarillo, California, apparently took some time off from his busy work schedule to leave the following comment on this website:

Just checking that you guys don’t have cellphones, microwave ovens, wi-fi routers…

His message as viewed from this websites administration screen:

A search of the IP address shows it is registered to Semtech Corporation.

Semtech Corporation’s website states:

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of high-quality analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products.  We are dedicated to providing you with proprietary solutions and breakthrough technology in power management, circuit protection, timing and synchronization, touch interface, high-performance optical transport equipment (SerDes), high-reliability military products, low-power wireless RF, and digital sensor/signal conditioning ICs. Our products are used in some of the most innovative systems and in some of the fastest growing markets in the industry. These markets include Smartphones, LCD TVs, Notebook Computers, Wireless LAN Modems, Automatic Meter Reading, Ultra-Low Power Medical, Satellite Communication, Cellular Infrastructure, Optical Transport and Datacenters.

Semtech provides wireless parts for smart meters, as seen on this page of their website:

According to Steve’s LinkedIn page, he has 10 years of experience in the field of radiofrequency product design.


So if Steve is such an expert on RF, and those of us questioning the safety of smart meters and wireless radiation have our information so very wrong, then why wouldn’t Steve take his alleged competence and explain to us what the facts are, instead of leaving a juvenile message (anonymously, no less) implying that if one has a cell phone, then one has no right to complain about smart meters?

Oh, wait…  Because our information IS good and these whores who are happy to permanently disable and kill people rather than have to give up a paycheck don’t want to think of themselves as whores.  But they are killing themselves, their friends, parents, children, grandchildren, spouses, and neighbors.  No amount of denial will ever change that, Steve Jilling, Semtech, and your fellow greedy whores.

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CNN: Hackers Can Shut Down Electricity

Here is a CNN report talking about how, with a little skill and a few hundred dollars of equipment, hackers can use smart meters to increase electric bills or shut off power to one, one-thousand, or one million people.

Note: Centerpoint (electric utility for southeast Texas, including Houston) has their name shown in the piece several times, although there is no indication that they have any other connection to the piece.

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Smart Meters for Dummies (TM)

One of our wonderful supporters sent this to us–how appropriate!

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Download FREE Book about Smart Meters

Download this 113-page book about smart meters for FREE!  This is a very detailed book about the issues surrounding smart meters.  The author, Orlean Koehle, addresses various problems with so-called “smart” meters with TONS of links and citations.  She addresses the numerous legal issues, which can help fight meter installation on your personal home as well as on a bigger scale.

Pass this along to everyone you know!

http://nosmartmeters.org/images/justsaynobigbrotherssmartmeters.pdf

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Man Saves His Neighbors from Smart Meters

Man Confronts Smart Meter Installer

–This story is from stopsmartmeters.org.  While Texas does not have any opt-out option or delay list (like California does), the arrogance and disregard for human life & property shown in this story are carried out by Texas utilities every day.–

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This account was sent to us yesterday.  Names have been changed to protect identities because of a fear of possible retribution by the utilities.  (Why must we live in fear of a corporation? -ed.)

My name is Bruce and I live in the Seabright area of Santa Cruz, California.  Here is an account of what happened today August 18th in my neighborhood.

Around 12:30 p.m. I noticed a Wellington Energy truck, license #8R45814, on our court.  He parked just past our house in front of our neighbor’s driveway.  I asked him if he was going to install a smart meter.  He said “yes I am.”  I then called out to the son of our neighbors, who was home and I informed him that he could refuse the installation of the smart meter.

The installer went to their door.  The son had the installer call his father.  The father refused the installation and the installer went to the next house- home of John and Susie who were out of town.  They had a sign on their meter requesting no installation and I informed him they were on the “delay” list.  The installer then moved on to the next home where Dan and Julie lived.  No one was home.  I didn’t know if Dan and Julie are on the Delay list.  The installer went ahead and quickly installed the meter even though I asked him to check.

The installer then moved his truck up the court to the next house, home of Rita and Tom.  Also Tom’s father, Dave, lives with them.  I know this family is on the delay list as Dave has a pacemaker.  I told this to the installer, and he approached their meter.  I walked up to the meter and said, “I cannot let you install a smart meter.  I know that Rita has placed their house meter on the delay list until there is definite proof that the smart meter will not cause a malfunction in Walt’s pacemaker and  kill him.”

I confronted him and further stated,” If you put that smart meter on, it could kill him.  You can punch me out but I will fight you.”  (I am a 64 hear old heart patient myself)  The installer pulled out the pin of the slot at the bottom of the meter and reached to pull the meter off and I pushed his hand away.  He said, “Don’t you touch me” and reached for the meter again.  I lightly brushed his arm away and he said, “Don’t touch me.”  I replied, “You can’t do this.  These people are on the delay list.”

He then stopped, checked his hand held device and found that they were in fact on the delay list.  He then put a new clip on their meter to replace the one he had removed.  Jenny, my housemate, took pictures of me standing beside him in front of the meter.  She also got a picture of his truck and license number.

Next the installer went over to the meter for our HOA (home owners association) pump that services all 5 homes.  I didn’t have any knowledge that our association was on a delay list, so I didn’t oppose him.  He then installed a smart meter on the pump, read the meter, and then got in his truck and drove away.  He returned to the cul de sac and worked the rest of the afternoon on neighboring houses and apartments until 5:25 p.m.

This installer, in my mind, was deliberately ignoring checking the delay list until I intervened.  He was installing meters without checking to see if owners etc. were on the delay list.  Can PG&E do this?  They are doing it.  We saw this with our own eyes today.
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Smart Meter Data Risks

–Thanks to commenter “Jim” for passing this along!–

This article from July 28th:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/07/28/smart_meter_security_risks/

Talks about “A leading computer scientist has warned of the security risks of using smart meters in controlling utility supplies.”
“Ross Anderson, professor in security engineering at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, warns that the move to smart metering introduces a “strategic vulnerability” that hackers might conceivable be exploit to remotely switch off elements on the gas or electricity supply grid.”

“As an added bonus the technology also makes it easier to switch subscribers to new (higher) tariffs if they persistently fail to pay their bill on time.”

NOW WE KNOW WHY THE RUSH! $$$$

This is a good paper on the subject, and has a lot of references:
http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/Papers/meters-offswitch.pdf

If you want to see how EASILY someone could analyze your power usage with a smart meter, see page 17 of the below document. It’s a graph showing usage of different appliances in a house and pointing them out.

It also shows that no “chip” is safe and a meter being “owned” by a hacker.

Document:
http://www.ioactive.com/pdfs/InfosecurityEurope10SmartGrid.pdf
From:
http://www.ioactive.com/ioactive_labs_publications.html

We know that the power companies are reading these posts, we know they are worried about what is going on, but they continue the installs, they could be held criminally liable if just one person gets hurt in anyway by these meters, and that’s going to cost me and you $$ in higher rates to defend them?

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Condo Complex: GET OUT, Smart Meters!

From StopSmartMeters.org:

Patrick Roddie’s apartment building unfortunately already got “smart” meters, 80 of them mounted behind one resident’s bedroom—but he isn’t going to let that happen in his girlfriend Luvi Lui’s condo complex at 1655 Mission Street, in San Francisco [California]. This building has 210 units, with five banks of about 40 electric meters, each mounted behind someone’s bedroom wall.

The building got notice of impending installation late last Friday—it was to begin this morning, Monday, July 25, 9:30 am. By working furiously over the weekend, Patrick and Luvi flyered every door—but then someone scooped up all the flyers. So they did it all over again, and knocked on as many doors as they could, talking to their neighbors about “smart” meters, and getting people onboard with the idea of refusing the installation. They posted notices announcing their nonconsent to these radio-frequency surveillance devices on all doors, using text found below this video.

By Monday morning they had enough of their neighbors to cover all the doors, and the building manager on board as well.

When the Wellington installer arrived, they turned him away.

Buildings such as these raise the same questions about legality, health and safety, and informed consent as single-family houses, but with a twist. The shared common space legally and contractually belongs to all owner-members of the complex, and they manage this space through a democratic process of meetings and votes. Leaving aside that that sounds somewhat like how our society is supposed to function at the macro level, here questions about liability and devaluation of property are very real and particular, and utterly unaddressed by the ludicrous opt-out plan currently being considered by the CPUC.

PG&E has stated clearly that it is not liable in any way for any health, safety, or fire problems arising from “smart” meter installations—something that should raise a red flag for home owner associations everywhere. Insurance companies won’t insure against any “smart” meter damage or liability. Given that these devices have no health and safety testing, no environmental impact report, and have left electrical fires in their wake, the liability that will fall to the association and its owner-members is no trivial matter.

Luvi wondered how they could come to her building and install these on such a scale without the consent of the owners and their advisory board. That is a good question here, and everywhere, in the Wild West territory of outlaw PG&E.

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Centerpoint Leaves Grandma & 3 Kids Without Power: “It’s Not Our Fault”

Link to story >>

Centerpoint’s “smart” meters have driven a grandmother, who is caring for 3 children, out of her own house for 9 days because she can’t afford to fix the damage done by Centerpoint and their “smart” meter.

The story at MyFoxHouston.com states that Ruby Vallain’s trouble began with an error message on her “smart” meter and some of her outlets not working. She called Centerpoint and they sent out a technician who

“…took a device and he began puncturing around here and he struck a wire and it blew fire and so one of the technicians stated, ‘You’re not gonna like this. Now you’re not gonna have any lights’,” Vallain said.

The story goes on to say that a Centerpoint spokeswoman Alicia Dixon said the problem is on the customers’ side of the box. Her investigation showed the box was already burned before their technician arrived.

It sounds like Centerpoint’s logic is this: if my car hits your car and your car is damaged, it’s not my responsibility to fix it because it’s your car, not mine.

Please, attorneys, someone help this woman sue Centerpoint for the damages their meter and technician caused. You might also have a case for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress. Here’s why this would be beneficial to you, Mr. or Ms. Attorney:

  • At the very least, it’s likely My Fox Houston will do follow up stories about the kind attorney helping the struggling grandmother take on the evil, rich, monopoly corporation. Imagine how that could help a future political run.
  • Any jury you get in front of can be guaranteed to all be Centerpoint customers. Given the way Centerpoint operates, every customer has either been treated badly or ripped off by them, or knows someone who has. No jury will have any mercy on Centerpoint.
  • With solid facts and the above truths about a jury, you have leverage to extract a nice settlement from Centerpoint (without a trial) that will cover Ms. Vallain’s actual damages, some punitive damages and recover attorney fees for yourself.

Thanks, My Fox Houston, for doing this story. I’m betting that the Centerpoint goons have already visited your offices to express their displeasure with this story.

Thanks so StopSmartMeters.org for linking to this article.

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