Feb, 11, 2013
A smart meter is usually an electrical meter that records consumption of electric energy in intervals of an hour or less and communicates that information at least daily back to the utility for monitoring and billing purposes  Smart meters enable two-way communication between the meter and the central system. (Wikipedia)
There are 3 major concerns surrounding the smart grid and smart meters.
Over the last couple of years I have aired my concerns about smart meters, most of which are associated with privacy or property rights.
I have stuck closely to the privacy issues because this is the area that personally causes me the most worry and I have some level of experience and expertise when it comes to matters of technology, privacy and public policy. The privacy threats associated with these two way communication devices is, for me, is easy to understand and explain. I am fortunate that, when it comes to the potential surveillance and privacy issues, there is a variety of credible sources I can draw upon to help make my points clear.
For example, see this recent Congressional Research Report that, in a matter of fact manner, lays out the intrusive surveillance capabilities of smart meters and the smart grid;
“With smart meters, police will have access to data that might be used to track residents’ daily lives and routines while in their homes, including their eating, sleeping, and showering habits, what appliances they use and when, and whether they prefer the television to the treadmill, among a host of other details.”
This report, Smart Meter Data: Privacy and Cybersecurity, goes on to discuss existing law related to the Fourth Amendment and discusses the possibility that this intrusive capability may not be adequately covered by existing law. Clearly, the sanctity and privacy of our very homes is in the privacy invasion danger zone.
My point is that when it comes to smart meters and privacy, I am well equipped to engage but for the complicated questions surrounding the biological interactions of this newly introduced technology, I feel a bit out of my league and have been reluctant to jump into the health and safety questions revolving around the smart meters.
However, as I speak to person after person in this state who are suffering from not only ill effects on their health but also from being ignored, mocked or even bullied by the utility corporation and state officials, I am becoming outraged and advocating for fair and open government that respects the rights of all is something that falls squarely within my comfort zone.
I have spoken to people in our state that have fled their beautiful home, taking refuge in a small, cramped travel trailer, because a family member became dangerously ill after the meter was installed. Another couple disconnected their electric service and is using a generator rather than risk their health or privacy, still another family keeps close watch over their analog meter and fends off its replacement with a smart meter with a lock and letters threatening legal action against OG&E, others have resorted to constructing safe spaces within their homes by using frequency blocking shielding materials so that they can get respite from the symptoms caused by the new meters. Others feel that they have been bullied into submission by installers and utility providers. These are just a few of the stories that I am personally familiar with. What is going on here?!
Resistance to smart meters is happening everywhere and stories like these recent ones are simply unbelievable.
Handicapped Woman Refuses Smart Meter — Has Power Cut in the Dead of Winter
Residents unhappy with smart meter related arrests
Are we going to let this situation fester to the point that we see these kinds of actions in Oklahoma?
Going It Alone
Many Oklahomans have been fighting individual, solitary battles against the utility corporations and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to get these unwanted smart meters off of their homes. I believe that there are many more Oklahomans out there suffering or fighting all alone.
Whether or not we are personally concerned about the possible privacy, security or health issues that surround smart meters, we all should be concerned if the utility corporations, our elected representatives, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and other public servants of this state are not being properly responsive to those who have serious objections to having a smart meter installed on their property or homes
Meet Joe Esposito.
Joe is one of these people I have met who is struggling with what to do about his smart meter that has had an adverse effect on his health. But Joes he is not going to do it in darkness. Joe is trying to help others and he is wants to bring concerns about smart meters to the attention of the public.
Joe Esposito did his research on the smart meters when he became aware that the Public Service Company of Oklahoma planned to install one on each and every home in the City of Owasso beginning in 2011.
He felt very uncomfortable being forced to have his home serve as a test case for what appeared to be untested, unproven and unsafe technology and contacted the power company and asked that no smart meter be installed on his home.
Despite his request, on March 16, 2011, the smart meter was installed on his home, without his permission.
The meters are mandatory in Oklahoma, no matter how compelling your reason for not wanting one, no one is permitted to ‘opt out’. There is no state or federal law that requires us to accept installation of a smart meter. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is responsible for creating the rules that make them mandatory.
TITLE 165: OKLAHOMA CORPORATION COMMISSION
CHAPTER 35. ELECTRIC UTILITY RULES
After the installation of the smart meter, Mr Esposito began to experience unusual health problems: dental problems, tingling in his mouth, sharp pains throughout his body at night and more.
Upon investigation, Mr. Esposito found and some techniques to block the frequencies caused by the meter and when he utilized these techniques he experienced rapid improvement in his health.
During the Month of January 2013, Mr. Esposito delivered the following seven documents to the Oklahoma Legislature, the Governor and Lt. Governor, the Corporation Commission as well as Senator Inhofe, Senator Coburn and Representative Bridenstine.
- STATEMENT OF CONCERN AND ACTION AGAINST SMART METERS IN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA Jan. 8, 2013
- Letter to Commission Secretary British Columbia Utilities Commission, 2013
- The Smart Meter Abyss November 2012 Owasso, Oklahoma
- Hazardʼs of Electromagnetic
Radiation (EMR) Reference Sheet
- ARE YOU LIVING CLOSE TO ‘CANCER GENERATOR’?
- EMF Safety Network
- EMF Safety Network page 2
Mr. Esposito also has a website under development, Stop Smart Meters in Oklahoma
If you are having problems with your smart meter, you will want to connect with this gentleman. Joe Esposito’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Stop Smart Meters in Oklahoma is not fully operational yet but there are some suggestions up for Oklahomans opposed to smart meter installation under Actions You Can Take
Another place for Oklahomans concerned about smart meters to connect is on Facebook. Oklahoma Smart Meter Info Swap
I will continue to follow the stories of Oklahomans who have been going it alone against the forced installation of smart meters on their homes.
If you have or are currently having problems with your smart meter in Oklahoma and would like share your story, please contact me at email@example.com