“Marin County and the town of Fairfax on Monday asked the California Public Utilities Commission to suspend SmartMeter deployment in their areas while the commission considers creating an opt-out program for whole communities,” The S.F. Chronicle is reporting.
“The commission in February gave individual PG&E customers the choice of refusing the wireless meters, which some consider a threat to their privacy and health. But it has not decided whether towns and cities will be able to opt out en masse.
‘So what we’re looking for is some kind of agreement, a stipulation, to stay put until this process is finished,’ said Lawrence Bragman, a member of the Fairfax Town Council.
“Officials in Marin County and Fairfax have tried to stop SmartMeters before, by imposing moratoriums to block their installation.
“PG&E has installed about 9 million of the digital electricity and natural gas meters throughout Northern and Central California and plans to install roughly 1 million more. The meters transmit data to the utility automatically using a Wi-Fi communication network. That alarms people who believe that radiation from cell phones and other wireless devices endangers human health.
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