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255ft High Wind Turbine Threatens Wireless Broadband to Devon UK Village

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 (10:44 am) - Score 1,187

Residents of Northlew village in Devon (England) have complained that new plans to build a 255ft tall wind turbine in nearby Inwardleigh could disrupt the wifi signal of their wireless community broadband service, which serves approximately 150 local homes (500 people).

As Thinkbroadband points out, a 2008 study by Ofcom found that such turbines could disrupt wireless signals but the interference would only become hugely significant if a larger wind farm was built. The BBC article states that a further two turbines are already being proposed for Barnstaple and Totnes, although these might not be close enough to be considered a “wind farm“.

John Malone, Spokesman for Energy 4 All (Turbine Builder), said:

The advice we’re getting is there is a possibility [of interference] but it is unlikely. We need to undertake the appropriate assessments.”

Further details about the local campaign to stop the development can be found here:

http://www.northlew.com/turbine/

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2 Responses
  1. Avatar Anoyed tax payer says:

    I think the local residents are using their wireless broadband as an excuse not to have the wind turbine near them. I would laugh at them if they got this stopped and the government built a nuclear power station instead. (That would interfere with their broadband connections)

  2. Avatar DTMark says:

    I can see why somebody wouldn’t want 50 of these in the field outside their house.

    I can also see the folly of pursuing a solution which won’t come anywhere near our longer term goals and needs. (Shame about BDUK, but…)

    Surely the answer is simple – the company siting the wind turbine thing pays for the backhaul to be relocated and all the customers’ antannae to be repositioned, they got there first. Or, build it somewhere else.

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