City Council Aims To Halt Smart Meters
ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.April 7, 2011
Lakeport City Council has voted to bring back an ordinance that would place a moratorium on a California public utility's smart meter devices due in part to privacy concerns. The council also voted to support state bill AB 37, which would require Pacific Gas & Electric to provide an opt-out option to customers, Lake County News reports. Board of Supervisors spokesman Tony Farrington told the council he has concerns about privacy and how the data is stored and transmitted. "It's about big brother government and about choice," he said. Customers wanting to opt out would pay fees to do so, which Farrington called "extortion." A Maine utility is experiencing similar pushback.