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Adam Cosner
Most Creative People 2019

Adam Cosner

President, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1165 | Santa Clara County, CA

For preserving net neutrality—for firefighters
Most Creative People

Adam Cosner is a veteran firefighter with the Clara County Fire Department in California and president of the Union Local 1165. As an advocate for firefighter safety and health, he took a leading role in three campaigns in 2018. The first is a health and wellness study of his fire company--monitoring conditions such as sleep and nutrition--to improve understanding of firefighter health issues across the state. Cosner also lead a campaign against the fire retardants in products like electronics, upholstered furniture, and mattresses. He testified before the California legislature that the chemicals are ineffective at slowing fire but release carcinogens during blazes that threaten first responders. (No new state laws or regulations have yet emerged.) Cosner gained national attention in August 2018 by calling attention to Verizon's throttling of his company's 4G internet access in the midst of the Mendocino Complex Fire--the biggest wildfire in California history. The publicity campaign, and the county's joining of a net neutrality lawsuit against the FCC, pressured Verizon to quickly establish new wireless plans for first responders, featuring truly unlimited data, with no usage caps, and priority network access for data and voice.

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