Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines & Networks
The Commonwealth Club of California

110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
Monday, February 5, 2018 – 5:30–6:45 p.m. (Registration begins at 5:00 p.m.)
General Admission – $8.00 members, $20.00 non-members, $7.00 students
Reception with panelists following the program (until 7:45 p.m.)
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wiresAt a time when many other countries are investing to assure citizens access to a fast and reliable information highway, including hard-wired fiber optics to the home, U.S. legislators appear to be captured by the wireless industry and its lobbyists, mistakenly enabling the placement of more and more 4G LTE and 5G antennas on municipal, state and federal infrastructure throughout American neighborhoods. They appear to not understand an “antennas everywhere” approach is a technologically inadequate means to meeting our nation’s needs, and that wireless antennas present numerous highly important additional risks that it would be serious mistake to ignore.

According to a new report to be issued by the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy (NISLAPP),
“Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks”, blanketing the nation in small antennas is technologically unsound, unsustainable and will not meet the nation’s immediate or long-term communications needs.

QuotesWireless networks are not as fast, secure, reliable or energy-efficient as wired systems” —Dr. Timothy Schoechle, author of the new report.

The paper, and panel discussion on February 5th, seek to give policymakers pause about the accelerating wireless frenzy, while illuminating the consequences of the nation’s neglect of wired infrastructure. Importantly, Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks addresses the tremendous renaissance in wired technologies in recent years, which have important strategic and communications policy implications.

A national network of locally controlled fiber networks, Dr. Schoechle says, would far better serve to sustain economic growth and competitiveness, meet projected market demand, overcome access inequality and second-rate connectivity issues, and diminish a range of well-known risks from wireless communication, including safety, security, privacy, public health and environmental and sustainability risks.

This program is directly relevant to the interests of the 300 California cities and towns, 47 counties, and over 100 Planning, Communication, Municipal, Environment, Health, Consumer, and Justice organizations that opposed the recent California Bill SB649, which Governor Jerry Brown vetoed on Sunday, October 15, 2017. These groups opposed SB.649 on numerous grounds, ranging from objecting to the State of California pre-empting local government rights, to preferential treatment being given to firefighters to avoid the radiation exposures, and the potential population-wide health and DNA effects from chronic exposure to wireless radiation. From a broad analysis of available data, “Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks” adds to these policy discussions, demonstrating wireless systems cannot provide long-term solutions for universal, reliable and affordable Internet accessibility, nor support the ever-increasing data rates that will be needed in the near future for each American home and business.

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Dr. Schoechle says,

Quotes2Government officials have been misled about the adequacy of wireless communications. Legislators should stop enabling the wireless industry’s plans for massive new deployments of 4G LTE and soon 5G millimeter wave antennas throughout American neighborhoods, and instead commit to supporting reliable, energy-efficient and enduring hard-wired telecommunications infrastructure that meets the nation’s immediate and long-term needs.”

JOIN US Monday, February 5th at 5:30 p.m. for this dynamic discussion at the Commonwealth Club’s new San Francisco waterfront location at 110 The Embarcadero.


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timTimothy Schoechle, PhD is author of the upcoming paper, Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks, to be published this month by the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy. Dr. Schoechle is a communications technology expert, international consultant in computer engineering and standardization, former faculty member of the University of Colorado, College of Engineering and Applied Science and Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy. Dr. Schoechle was a founder of BI Incorporated, pioneer developer of RFID technology. In 2013, Dr. Schoechle authored the landmark paper, Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid. In Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks, to be published in January 2018, Dr. Schoechle brings his technical expertise to bear on the wireless industry’s plans for ‘antenna densification’, explaining advanced copper and optical fiber are far superior to wireless in both cost and performance, that hard wiring, including fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) should be the technology of choice and that only investment in wired, not wireless, information infrastructure will meet the nation’s immediate and long-term needs.

martinMartin L. Pall, PhD is Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences in the School of Molecular Biosciences at Washington State University. He has long focused on biological regulatory mechanisms of chronic inflammatory diseases, and is particularly expert in how wireless radiation impacts the electrical systems of our bodies. Dr. Pall’s groundbreaking research suggests the biological and health effects of EMFs act largely, and possibly entirely, via Voltage Gated Calcium Channel activation, an important advance in the understanding of mechanisms by which cell phone and wireless radiation can initiate disregulating processes in the body, leading to malfunction and disease. Dr. Pall has published seven papers on this topic, and has reviewed 159 review studies (LINK), which together comprise thousands of studies, demonstrating biological and health effects from cell phone and wireless radiation at non-thermal levels of exposure. He and Dr. Beatrice Golumb, MD, PhD wrote compelling letters to Governor Jerry Brown about the risks from 5G, urging the Governor to Veto S.649 on health grounds. Dr. Pall received his PhD at Caltech, one of the top scientific institutions in the world.

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duncanDuncan A. Campbell, Esq. is a widely recognized visionary thinker, community activist and Colorado Radio Host with a commanding knowledge of the most important issues of the day, including the importance of co-creative dialogue for transformational change. He has been deeply involved in Boulder, CO’s ongoing energy municipalization efforts, efforts to ban fracking, and as an advocate for democratization of the energy economy, including public broadband as a basic human right. More recently, with Tim Schoechle, PhD, he has been focused on the need for a national network of locally controlled fiber networks to sustain economic growth and competitiveness, overcome access inequality and second-rate connectivity issues, and diminish a range of risks from wireless communication, including significantly greater energy usage relative to wired technologies. Previously, Mr. Campbell was an entrepreneurial lawyer, pioneering computer and high- tech law in the Rocky Mountain Region. He served as an early Chair of the Colorado Governor’s High Technology Advisory Group and as an advisor to new energy ventures. Duncan holds degrees from Yale University and Harvard Law School and a Certificate from the Sorbonne.

jimJames S. Turner, Esq. is a principal in the Washington, DC law firm, Swankin & Turner, Board Chair of Citizens for Health, co-founder of Voice for H.O.P.E., Healers of Planet Earth, and Chairman of the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy (NISLAPP). Mr. Turner represents businesses as well as individuals and consumer groups in a wide variety of regulatory matters concerning food, drug, health, environmental and product-safety matters. He has appeared before every major consumer regulatory agency, including the Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Consumer Product Safety Commission and Federal Trade Commission, as well as serving as consultant to the Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health. Under the direction of Camilla Rees, the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy of which he is Chair has published numerous white paper regarding the smart grid, the energy economy, and now, Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks, to be presented at the Commonwealth Club February 5, 2018.

Panel Co-Chairs


camillaPanel Co-Chair, Camilla Rees, MBA. Camilla Rees is a leading activist, author and researcher on the subject of electromagnetic fields and health, and passionate about stopping the proliferation of wireless antennas. She is Senior Policy Advisor, National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy (NISLAPP), where she oversaw Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks, and is founder of Manhattan Neighbors for Safer Telecommunications and She has spoken widely on health topics nationally and internationally, including in a broader context, and is frequently interviewed by the media. Ms. Rees is on Advisory Board of the International Institute for Building Biology & Ecology, the Radiation Research Trust (U.K.) and Board Member of Media in the Public Interest. She is a member of the California Alliance for Safer Technology, which actively sought the defeat of SB.649, a bill that would have enabled massive antenna proliferation throughout California, and the newly formed National Alliance for Safer Technology. She was an Executive Producer of the award-winning film about smart meter risks, Take Back Your Power, and oversaw the landmark paper, also by Dr. Schoechle, “Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid”.


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ellenPanel Co-Chair, Ellen Marks. Ellie Marks is Director of the California Brain Tumor Association and co-founder of the California Alliance for Safer Technology and the new National Alliance for Safer Technology. She co-produced the award-winning film, Mobilize: A Film On Cell Phone Radiation and has appeared on The View, Larry King Live and Dr. Oz, as well as testified before Congress. She was a driving force behind Berkeley’s landmark Cell Phone Right to Know ordinance, which requires retailers to post warning language regarding proximity of cell phones to the body, now found in manuals in small print. She also worked behind the scenes with a whistle blower to assure the State of California’s cell phone safety guidelines, suppressed for 7 years, were ultimately made public.

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