Opposition to utility “smart” meters (electric, gas, and water) has been ongoing worldwide since companies started deploying them over ten years ago. Utilities frequently force consumers to accept “Smart” Meters (see 1, 2) in order to remotely control and/or ration energy use as well as collect consumer usage data 24/7 to sell and/or share with 3rd parties. Costs associated with these dangerous devices tend to be passed onto customers as well. In the UK, “smart” meter complaints and problems continue to be reported and at least one journalist recommended that consumers refuse them. Now it seems that ½ million households won’t have that option.
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