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To call FPL: General # = 800 871-5711
To call FPL: Customer Advocacy (Shawna Bray) = 800 516 6250 ext 93 or 305 552 3223
To write FPL: FPL, 9250 West Flagler St, Miami FL 33174
To watch video regarding SMART METER concerns, Click Here
To go to FPL web-site "Smart-Grid & Smart Meters," Click Here
Sample OPT-OUT letter:
FROM: William G. and Margo A. Bigelow, 22540 Bolanos Ct., Port Charlotte, FL33952;
TO: Florida Power & Light, its/their agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties,
SUBJECT: NOTICE OF NO CONSENT TO TRESPASS AND TO SURVEILLANCE, NOTICE OF LIABILITY
DATE: March 16, 2012
(ENCLOSURE TO COVER LETTER DATE MARCH 16, 2012)
Dear Florida Power & Light and all agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties:
On March 14, 2012, we contacted via phone a Florida Power & Light Customer Advocate (Denise Williams) to advise your company we would not allow you or any of your contracted agents to install a Smart Meter on our home. Ms. Williams (via e-mail) remitted to us a letter dated March 14, 2012 responding to our demands and advising us we had no ability to stop a Smart Meter installation. The letter included propaganda being used by FPL to address many of the concerns we have with the operation of a Smart Meter at our residence. We find such submitted information to be superficial and insufficient for us to change our minds on refusing installation of a Smart Meter on our residence. We are sending to you this letter to advise you clearly of our decision and the reasons for such decision and demand you cease and desist on your plans to install a Smart Meter on our residence now or any time in the future.
We hereby advise Florida Power & Light that if you intend to install a wireless meter or “Smart Meter” or any activity-monitoring device or “Smart Grid” operation at the above address, you and all other parties are hereby denied consent for said installation, and use of all such devices and installation and use of any activity-monitoring device and Smart Grid operation on or at the above property is hereby refused and prohibited by us.
Informed consent is legally required for installation of any surveillance device and any device that will collect and transmit private and personal data to undisclosed and unauthorized parties for undisclosed and unauthorized purposes.
Authorization for sharing of personal and private information may only be given by us, the originators and subject of that information, in writing. That authorization is hereby denied and refused with regard to our property address shown above and all our respective occupants. Smart Meters and Smart Grids violate the law and cause endangerment to residents by the following factors:
1. They individually can identify devices inside the home and record when they are operated, causing invasion of privacy.
2. They can monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security.
3. They transmit wireless signals, which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and occupancy, and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.
4. Data about occupants’ daily habits and activities can be collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which can be accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data.
5. Those having access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.
6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who could act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.
7. Smart Meters and Smart Grids are respectively, by definition, surveillance devices and operations that violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.
8. It is possible for example, with analysis of certain data which can be obtained by Smart Meters, be used by unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual activities, physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.
9. Florida Power & Light has not adequately disclosed the particular recording and transmission capabilities of the Smart Meter and Smart Grids, their frequencies or other electromagnetic parameters (especially with regard to ELF microwave radiation emissions), nor the extent of the data that will be recorded, stored and shared, nor the purposes to which said data will and will not be put.
10. US Department of Defense and Department of Energy openly admit that Smart Meters and Smart Grids are susceptible to “cyber-insecurity”.
11. Former CIA Director James Woolsey stated the Smart Grid is “vulnerable”, “stupid” and suffers from security weaknesses. www.powermag.com/blog/index.php/2011/08/14/ex-cia-chief-slams-smart-grid/
12. Smart Meters and Smart Grids expose occupants and all living organisms on their household property to constant, “weapons-grade, pulse-modulated microwave radiation”, as tacitly admitted by Department of Defense and Department of Energy officials at the FL Energy Summit on 10/28/2011. Such radiation is a “Hazard” per the ANSI/IEEE Committee that in 1991 set FCC guidelines against such exposure. Thousands of studies conclude adverse bioeffects from such radiation at even lower exposure levels and shorter durations than Smart Meters and Smart Grids deploy. Radiofrequency radiation generally was determined a Class B1 “probable carcinogen” by EPA in 1990; and its subset of wavelengths in body-part size, called microwave radiation, are more hazardous by way of their exponentially increased absorption in human body parts, particularly the brain. The Sage 2011 review Assessment of Radiofrequency Microwave Emissions from Smart Meters found potential FCC exposure guidelines violations based on both time-averaged and peak power limits. Such radiation interferes with electro-physiologic processes in all living organisms.
According to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, “Smart Meter” deployments are not mandatory, but “each utility may offer” such a meter to each of its customer classes”; and, the Public Service Commission (PSC) “shall conduct an investigation and issue a decision whether or not it is appropriate for electrical utilities to provide and install time based meters and communications devices for each of their customers…” Any claim by [Utility] of a “federal mandate”, which does not exist, constitutes constructive fraud.
Moreover, smart meters require costly installation and, as documented throughout the USin previous deployments, almost always result in higher utility rates, often disproportionately targeting the less fortunate, e.g., the unemployed, disabled and elderly who spend more time at home.
No problem has ever been reported regarding the meters that have been operating under the below signatories’ respective contracts with Florida Power & Light, therefore there exists no need for any change to said contracts and no need for any change to the method of our bill calculation. We the undersigned thus decline, forbid, refuse and deny the proposed contract modification and any and all additional capital outlay costs that would be imposed upon us through the federal energy bill, were we to have consented to Smart Meters.
Finally, we the undersigned forbid, refuse and deny consent of any installation and use of any monitoring, eavesdropping, and surveillance devices and operations on our properties, our places of residence and our places of occupancy. That applies to and includes Smart Meters and Smart Grids and activity monitoring devices of any and all kinds. Any attempt to install any such device or initiate such operations directed at us, other inhabitants, guests, our properties or residences will constitute trespass, stalking, wiretapping and unlawful surveillance, all prohibited and punishable by law through criminal and civil complaints. All persons, government agencies and private organizations responsible for installing or operating monitoring devices directed at or recording our activities, which we the undersigned have not specifically authorized in writing, will be fully liable for any violations, intrusions, harm or negative consequences caused or made possible by those devices whether those negative consequences are justified by "law" or not.
After this delivery the liabilities listed above may not be denied or avoided by parties named and implied in this notice. Civil Servant immunities and protections do not apply to the installation of Smart Meters and Smart Grids due to the criminal violations they represent. Notice to principal is notice to agent and notice to agent is notice to principal. All rights reserved. Respond within 10 days to each signatory to provide us evidence of your authority, if any, as well as your intent, if any, to install any Smart Meter(s) and/or to operate any Smart Grid on or at our residences.
Additionally, we note that Florida Power & Light has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to install such Smart Meters in your customer base in Florida. We know from experience all federal government grants come with compliance strings to which the grant recipient must comply as a condition of receiving such grant. We are confident that Florida Power & Light would never share with its customer base the strings to which you have agreed to obtain such grant. We are very repulsed that our government will use our tax monies to force down our throats its failed Green Energy policies (which we totally do not support) and which by FPL and your holding company’s documented activities show you totally support as a corporation(s).
Very truly yours,
William G. Bigelow & Margo A. Bigelow
22540 Bolanos Ct.
Port Charlotte, FL, 33952
Sent via Certified U.S. Postal Mail and Hand Delivery On March , 2012 to the following recipients:
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This video is posted again, for your review. This basically covers the issues related to what smart meters do.
To watch video regarding SMART METER concerns, Click Here
To go to FPL web-site "Smart-Grid & Smart Meters," Click Here
COMMENTS (Send your comments to eMail)
I am amazed with all this hype about big bad FPL installing remote reading electric meters in homes.
It almost appears that this negative stand is fuelled by some irrational fear? Fear of what is another mystery.
FPL has the authority to approach their installed meters now and why not in the future. The meters are their property and with remote reading capability, they need not cross one's property as often as now. Costs in the long run after amortizing this capital improvement should come down and I can assume the PSC will watch for that.
Might the motivation for these all too many negative diatribes about this FPL upgrade arrive from those writer's fear of the dark and such. There seems little basis for not saluting a move to modernize this utility and why not also include the same modernization for our County Water Utility doing the same with their meters? Progress!
I could add this same discussion for modernization to include sewer lines for the county similar to what we have here in the GPCIA area. Folks are complaining about their lakes being full of algae and it probably their yard fertilizer and leaking septic tanks that are the pollution sources.