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Palm Beach County Wi-Fi In Your Home 24/7 – Did You Consent?

2020 Do Not Consent

It is just 158 milli-watts, what could go wrong?

Small cell towers were supposed to be under 60 watts of Effective Radiated Power (ERP). Now they sit by our homes and by us on the streets with 200 amp FPL meters on them for their 100 amp electrical services and antennas for broadcasting around 20,000 watts. And the worst part is that for all this harm, wireless 5G has simply failed to deliver.

Now you may have heard that the new wi-fi mesh network is not that awful 5G and it operates at 158 milli-watts. What you need to know is that is the Effective Isotropic Radiated Power (EIRP) of one antenna. It is the lowest power antenna in the network and it is one of three antennas on the TP-Link RE450 Wi-fi extender (that is 5th generation wireless wi-fi technology, Wi-Fi 5). The total output of the extender is 750 milli-watts or 0.75 watts. We have been told they are planning to deploy 105,000 of these devices.

But don’t stop there, because the network does not. FPL has donated 1,000 poles and we take that to be for the repeaters for the 25,000 students mentioned in the Newsletter. Eventually we estimate there will be approximately 4,000 repeater poles installed in the right-of-ways of residents homes that will have solar powered repeaters on them. They each have three antennas, too and they output 3 watts EIRP.

But don’t stop there, because the best is the FCC limit busting root radios that are actually designed as transmission line bridges known as point-to-point (P2P) radios. They will be installed on poles at the schools along with Emergency Management System broadcasting equipment. We cannot say about the EMS equipment, even though we wonder why they are not using fast, safe, secure fiber optics. But there will be approximately 300 Wi-fi mesh network root radios. They can probably put out about 25 watts EIRP each, although the FCC limit is probably 4 (maybe 8) watts EIRP. Who has consented for our schools to become radio broadcasting systems?

Now you can do the math and guess we have a wi-fi mesh network system that is almost 100,000 watts EIRP.

We really get a warm, fuzzy feeling when we read what the SDPBC Newsletter says about the FCC compliance of their Wi-Fi 5 mesh network here:

The WiFi Mesh Network is not 5G technology. It is a simple radio that connects broadband service to residences using WiFi extenders. All the equipment utilized for this project complies with all applicable Federal Communications Commission (FCC) guidelines.

This is particularly troublesome due to a recent court ruling. The U.S. Federal Court ruled on Friday, August 13, 2021, that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must explain why it ignored science showing harm from wireless radiation. The refusal by the FCC to set standards pertains to all wireless technology and now calls the safety of Palm Beach County‚Äôs WiFi Mesh project into question. 

Also, Verizon says this about wi-fi: Wi-Fi is basically just another frequency of radio we use to wirelessly connect devices.

What the FCC has are rules about the unlicensed band that is being used here for this network. Using a P2P radio at full power in a P2MP application like this could result in fines and penalties for operation without a license. So we are wondering if the School District will respond to our request for the power output records for the P2P radios they have installed at our schools. This system collects quite a bit of performance data and reports it to the cloud where is should be available as public information.

What else could go wrong?

Remember those small cells that went from 60 watts to 20,000 watts and still did not deliver? Like your home wi-fi system that used to run at mili-watt levels and is now frying you at probably 8 watts EIRP because that is the FCC limit for a dual band router. Like the swamp of towers, small cells and antennas everywhere that are just not delivering high speed internet. THEY WILL POWER IT UP TO THE MAX.

The FCC limit for the power of the number of devices in the SDPBC Wi-Fi Network is around 900,000 watts EIRP.

And they WILL do it. And it still will not deliver high speed internet.

So, let’s talk about the speed check. High speed internet is supposed to have an upload and download speed of 100 Mbps. Anybody out there who has one of these TP-Link extenders in their home connected to this network and can run a speed check, please post it here. Reports on the performance of the extender that we can find, say it can’t bust 50 Mbps, even when it is in the same room with the router.

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