CHD V. FCC - STOPPING OTARD

Children's Health Defense filed against the FCC challenging the "Over-the-Air Reception Devices Rule" (OTARD) amendment which would allow telecom companies to place 5G antennas on private homes

We need your help. 

Have you received a flyer, email, or any other communication offering you money in exchange for installing an antenna on your home? Please read this email even if you haven’t, because you may receive one soon. 

On March 29, 2021, the FCC’s OTARD rule amendment went into effect. As a result, fixed wireless companies can now install base station antennas (for 5G, voice, and wi-fi) on private homes. Companies don’t need to get a permit or even notify neighbors that an antenna will be installed. They only need to contract with the homeowner. This rule change will be used to enable the most significant proliferation of wireless and 5G ever, creating a wireless “Wild West.” 

Since the rule went into effect, wireless companies covered by OTARD (known as fixed wireless companies) have been contacting people to ask if they would be interested in installing an antenna on their house in exchange for payment. Here is an example of a flyer we got hold of: 

“Earn $600 - Get paid for doing nothing while helping your community. Be the first person to provide the Internet of Things coverage in your neighborhood.” 

As part of Children’s Health defense efforts to slow down the deployment of OTARD antennas, we are tracking the areas in which these companies are looking to install antennas on homes. 

Please complete this form if you received such a communication, whether a flyer, an email, a text, or a call.

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A Helpful Resource - In my efforts to follow-up the progress of OTARD deployment, I came across a very helpful website: BroadbandNow. This website can help you learn more about the fixed wireless companies operating in your area and to be alert to OTARD antenna installation on homes in your area. By simply entering your zip code, you can find all the broadband and wireless companies operating in your area, including what type of service they offer (cable, fiber, DSL or Fixed wireless), download speeds, coverage areas etc. 

Please consider donating to our case against the OTARD rule.

Your help is greatly appreciated.