On May 24, 2018 after Leighton Smith of Newstalk ZB invited people to phone in with their thoughts about the copper landline phone issue, a New Zealander called in to share how he had developed a tumour at the site where he had carried his cellular phone on a long term basis.
You can hear what he had to say at the video below,.
Fortunately his man;’s tumour was benign and was able to be treated successfully.
However, there are documented cases of people developing cancerous tumours at sites where they, have kept their cellphones, such as this scientific report relating to breast cancers in young women who had kept
On Thursday May 24, 2018, Leighton Smith was talking about direct democracy and what was happening in NZ parliament on his talk back show and Katherine Smith call in on behalf of Save Our Landlines NZ.
At the youtube link below you can hear their conversation. A big thank you to Clare Swinney who created the youtube video .
Open letter to New Zealand Members of Parliament
The Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill was reported back to the House on May 4 and is now awaiting its second reading.
This letter is to draw to your attention the fact that part of this bill is designed to allow a phase out of the copper landline infrastructure through much of New Zealand.*
New Zealand’s copper landline infrastructure has been built up over many decades and provides a vital lifeline in the event of emergencies because a corded phone connected to this system will function even when a house has lost power.
Submissions from members of the public received by the EDSI select committee in response to this bill were overwhelmingly opposed to the proposal to deprive most New Zealanders of the choice to be able to have a safe corded phone and inexpensive hardwired internet via the copper landline system. (See: https://saveourlandlines.nz/news/kiwis-alarmed-at-govt-proposal-to-destroy-landline-infrastructure/)
These submissions were essentially ignored by the committee.
The committee was presented with evidence that at least one major Telco operating in NZ (Spark) has signaled its intention to move internet customers who are considered to be low data users from the copper landline system to wireless internet – even in areas where fibre is available. (See: https://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/609604/spark-abandon-copper-fibre-wireless-broadband/ )
What is electrosenstivity and why is it important to the landline phone issue?
Electrosensitivity (ES) is variously also known as electrohypersensitivity (EHS) and electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EMS).
People who develop this condition have often been exposed to high levels of electromagnetic fields (for example, from smart meters, living close to cellular phone infrastructure, from using cellular phones etc.)
New Zealand does not keep statistics on this condition but in some other developed countries an estimated 3-5% of the population have developed this condition.
People who have developed electrosensitivity develop a variety of unpleasant symptoms (for example, headaches, nausea, cognitive disturbances, severe fatigue) in response to exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and electromagnetic fields (EMF) emitted by common devices (for example cellular and cordless phones and their bases, wi-fi routers, computers etc.).
Some of these symptoms can be life threatening – for example cardiac arrhythmias or seizures.
May 1, 2018, Save Our Landlines NZ.
Kiwis Alarmed at Govt. Proposal to Destroy Landline Infrastructure
Many New Zealanders are irate at the government’s plans to scuttle much of the country’s landline copper wired infrastructure, citing serious irreversible safety concerns.
Kiwis made submissions on the Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill to let the government know that the destruction of New Zealand’s copper landline infrastructure proposed in the bill is unacceptable.
The Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill began its life under the past National-led government and passed its first reading in Parliament in August 2017.
A preliminary analysis of submissions on the bill by volunteers working on the Save Our Landlines NZ campaign shows that the vast majority of individuals who made submissions on the bill are virtually unanimous in their desire to preserve New Zealand’s copper landline telephone network.
A common theme among submissions from individuals was how a corded phone connected to the copper landline network would still work even if a home lost power and could therefore provide vital access to emergency services.