From Del. Glen Glass:
The utility companies in Maryland are installing Smart Meters on our homes, our businesses and our schools to collect our usage information for billing purposes. The information is transmitted to the utilities through wireless communication. This is an invasion of our right of privacy, as the utilities are able to collect personal data from each of its customers.
Smart Meters have also been linked to health issues and to home fires. This is a safety issue which all consumers should be made aware of, and one in which they should have the ability to opt-out of having one of these meters installed, at no cost to them.
I have introduced the Smart Meters No Cost Opt-out bill the past two sessions. This year, the bill was referred to summer study in the Economic Matters Committee, where it will be examined and may be used as a framework for codifying into law what the no cost opt-out provision would look like.
This is a bipartisan issue that has support in the Maryland Legislature from members of both parties. It is about freedom of choice, and being able to make that choice without a fee being attached to it. Also, the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Baltimore has just announced their support of the Maryland Smart Meter Awareness movement to provide a no cost opt-out solution, and is urging their members to take action now to opt-out.
The Public Service Commission (PSC) met to consider the Smart Meter Opt-out option. The PSC tasked its staff to study the information that has been submitted and make a recommendation to the PSC as to what course of action it should take.
I will continue to fight against any fee being imposed to opt-out of installation of Smart Meters.