Note that we do not provide legal advice here at Coalition for Health, Against Smart Meters (CHASM)!
However, others have used a similar letter to revoke permission for your utility to install a “Smart” Meter on your home or business.
This letter template was created from a variety of sources in the US, and was provided by them for use by utility customers in Florida. There are other refusal letter templates on the Internet, or you can write your own letter to inform the utility that you “do not consent to the installation of any wireless or digital meter or device.”
We here at CHASM cannot recommend any specific course of action or methodology.
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LETTER BEGINS BELOW THIS LINE
Notice to principal is notice to agent; and notice to agent is notice to principal.
TO: FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY, Its agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties
Sent via Certified U.S. Postal Mail AND/OR
Hand Delivery [Date] and with Service by _____________________ (See attached Affidavit of Service) to:
Eric E. Silagy, President AND Deborah H. Caplan, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, ET AL
FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY
700 Universe Blvd
Juno Beach Fl 33408 US
Florida Public Service Commission, Its agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties
Sent via Certified U.S. Postal Mail and Hand Delivery [Date] and with Service by _____________________ to
Ronald A. Brisé, Chairman
Mark Futrell, Director Industry Development & Market Analysis
Florida Public Service Commission
2540 Shumard Oak Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
DATE HERE [MONTH, DAY, YEAR]
FROM: [YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS HERE]
NOTICE OF NO CONSENT TO TRESPASS, NO CONSENT TO SURVEILL, NOTICE OF LIABILITY, PUBLIC COMPLAINT
AND DEMAND FOR MORATORIUM
Dear Mr. Leon, Mr. Silagy, Ms. Caplan, Mr. Brisé, Mr. Futrell, and all agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties:
Be advised, you and all other parties are hereby denied consent for installation and use of any and all “Smart” Meters and “Smart” Grids, or any other surveillance and activity monitoring or irradiating device, or devices or infrastructures, at the above properties. Installation and use of any surveillance and activity monitoring device or infrastructure that sends and receives communications technology is hereby refused and prohibited. 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, especially but not exclusively where this is for undisclosed and unauthorized purposes. Authorization for sharing of personal and private information may only be given by the originator and subject of that information. That authorization is hereby denied and refused with regard to the above properties and all their respective occupants. Smart Meters and Smart Grids violate the law and cause endangerment to residents by the following factors:
1. Smart Meters and Smart Grids are respectively, by definition, surveillance devices and infrastructures with operations that violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of monitored, private and personal activities and behaviors in and around homes and offices without the consent or knowledge of the monitored people. These Meters and their Grid individually identify devices inside the home and office and record when they are operated, causing invasion of privacy, violating constitutional rights to freedom from search and seizure, and they undermine domestic security. They transmit monitored data including behavior and occupancy by way of wireless, radiofrequency/microwave radiation (RF/MWR) signals, which may be intercepted by other, unauthorized and unknown parties, and which can be used to aid criminal activity against the occupants.
2. After collecting and recording data about occupants’ daily habits and activities, Smart Meters and their Grid store these data in permanent databases. Recorded data may be accessed by parties not authorized or invited to access them, and who may share the private information of those whose activities were recorded. This can also be accomplished by external cyber-attacks or disgruntled employees, and has been done before, where the attacked company may not know of the intrusion for months. Those with access to Smart Meter/Grid 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. With analysis of certain Smart Meter/Grid data, unauthorized and distant parties may determine medical conditions, sexual activities and physical locations of persons within the home, in addition to vacancy patterns and other personal information and habits of the occupants. These data may fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, utility company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.
3. Smart Meters and Grids require costly installation and, as documented throughout the US in 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. Smart Meters provide no benefit to customers, and no net energy savings, as determined by a pilot study by the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office. In fact, they endanger individuals and the entire public with fires, pulsed radiofrequency/microwave radiation (RF/MWR) exposure, EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attacks and hackable surveillance.
4. US DoD and DoE agents overtly admit that Smart Meters and Grids are susceptible to cyber-insecurity, and further, that they open the power (electrical) grid to cyber-insecurity. Former CIA Director James Woolsey stated the Smart Grid is “vulnerable”, “stupid” and suffers from security weaknesses. As with the Smart Grid, its Meters can and will be hacked. The small CPU in a Smart Meter cannot protect itself as well as a home PC can; and home PCs are well known for being compromised. By deploying these Meters in the millions with the exact same software and hardware, they become a huge and easy target, endangering an entire community, since an attacker can remotely switch the power on and off en masse. This makes these Smart Meters unsafe and a liability to customers, who would in such events find themselves with higher bills with hidden charges for the damages.
5. Disabling the receiver will not prevent other forms of “hacks”. A malicious attacker could confuse the internal CPU, reset it, change random memory locations, change the KWH (kilowatt-hour) reading, force a power disconnect, or completely disable a Smart Meter with a simple coil of wire and a small battery. This cannot happen with a mechanical, analog meter. Furthermore, it is well known that an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) can take out car computers. Smart Grids and Meters make EMP strikes possible on larger scales including without limitation entire municipal electric infrastructures. Smart Meters are eminently vulnerable to EMP attacks, to large or localized EMPs, even those generated by a kid with a battery and a coil. A thief or burglar could use the same EMP and/or hacking methods to turn off household and office power, even where the electrical switch box is locked.
7. There is no way to determine objectively or by way of an independent inquiry whether a Smart Meter has accurately monitored household or office utility use. This indeterminate billing constitutes an unfair business practice and a liability to customers, one that has manifested already in many provably incorrect bills. Electronic and computer engineers know well that a high-voltage spike, such as a nearby lightning strike or EMP, can change memory bits in normal memory or EEPROM memory (electronically programmable memory that is non-volatile) by adding extra electrons to the small memory cells. This can change internal Smart Meter settings like the KWH calibration data or other settings that may change the rate of power charged without the customer or utility company ever knowing about it. By contrast, customers are entirely safe from this danger with mechanical, analog meters.
8. The Smart Grid and its associated devices draw enormous amounts of energy off the electrical power grid. Thus, far from saving energy, Smart Grids and Meters only consume much more energy than was previously in use, stressing the power grid and making it insecure.
9. Smart Meters and Grids expose occupants and all living organisms on their household or office property to constant, “weapons-grade, pulsed radiofrequency/microwave radiation” (RF/MWR), as tacitly admitted by DoD and DoE agents 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 said radiation at and lower than the exposure levels that Smart Meters and Grids deploy. RF/MWR was determined a Class B1 “probable carcinogen” by EPA in 1989, although that determination was politically suppressed. The subset of wavelengths in body-part size, centimeter radiation, which Smart Meters and Grids deploy, are most 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 guideline violations based on both time-averaged and peak power limits. RF/MWR interferes with electronic medical devices (Bassen H,) and with electrophysiologic processes in all living organisms. Damages to large and small mammals, reptiles, birds and insects including bees is scientifically established from RF/WMR at and below power densities measured at more than a meter away from Smart Meters, especially with long duration of exposure. Tree damage near RF/MWR-deploying antennas is also well documented. Moreover, harmful dirty electricity may be added to home or office wiring when a Smart Meter is installed.
10. Utility companies, especially but not solely where they are private corporations, have no delegated authority from the People to install or use in their homes or offices hackable devices and infrastructures – particularly not those that remove property security, warrantlessly surveil occupants, invade privacy, break customers’ utility contracts, forcibly change billing methods, insert hidden charges, monitor usage indeterminately and inaccurately, producing unfair billing, cause fires, impair the health of human occupants and pets, endanger wildlife and over time destroy nearby trees and landscaping, and threaten the local power grid. On account of these stated problems, and possibly others, Smart Meters can only lower property values. Lawsuits for value lost could subject all local customers to higher bills, with lawsuit costs invisibly passed to them. Utility companies lack authority to use their easement to install and/or operate equipment that may lower property values or make a property less desirable to a buyer.
11. The utility companies have not adequately disclosed the particular recording and transmission capabilities of the Smart Meter and Smart Grid, their specific frequencies, pulse rates, power densities within occupied structures, or other electromagnetic parameters, 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. Moreover, the utility companies have misled the public and public officials by omitting publicly available facts and information regarding Smart Meters and Grids, and by advertising false statements such as claims of energy savings. False, public statements are propaganda and constitute fraud.
12. Smart Meter installation is not mandatory. According to the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, which in any case only covers Federal areas within the limited jurisdiction of the CONSTITUTIONALLY LIMITED United States Government, “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 a utility of a “federal mandate” constitutes constructive fraud. Any suggestion by a utility company to customers that Smart Meters are mandatory is a false statement, fraudulent, and false commercial speech, which is punishable by law and also opens the power company to liability via lawsuit.
13. No problem has ever been reported regarding the analog meter that has been operating under my contract with FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY, therefore there exists no need for any change to said contract and no need for any change to the meters or the method of your respective bill calculation. I, the undersigned, thus decline, forbid, refuse and deny the proposed contract modification, installation and any and all additional capital outlay costs that would be imposed upon me through the federal Energy Act of 2005, were to I have consented to Smart Meters and/or Grids, which I do not.
I hereby demand an immediate moratorium to the installation of Smart Meters and Grids, with Smart Meters to be removed at a customer’s request with no extra charge. I demand an immediate investigation into these issues by the Public Service Commission (PSC), and that the PSC immediately order all state utility companies to fully inform all customers within 30 days of receipt of this letter of all problems and complaints about Smart Meters and Smart Grids. I reserve the right to amend this notice and complaint at any time. This is not necessarily a complete list of claims against Smart Meters and Grids.
Finally, I forbid, refuse and deny consent of any installation and use of any monitoring, eavesdropping, and surveillance devices and operations on my property, my place of residence, business and other places of occupancy. This 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 me, other occupants, guests, pets, my properties, businesses or residences, will constitute endangerment, trespass, stalking, wiretapping and unlawful surveillance, which are all prohibited and punishable by law through criminal and civil complaints. All persons, government agencies and private companies and organizations responsible for installing and/or operating monitoring devices directed at or recording my activities, which installations and/or operations I have not specifically authorized in writing, will be fully liable for any violations, intrusions, harm or adverse consequences caused or made possible by those devices and their operations, whether or not such consequences are justified by “law”.
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. Recipients must respond within 10 days to me, and provide me 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 my residence and/or business.
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