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Wi-Fi (Wireless) Radiation Fears Grip The UK
By: MarkJ - 30 November, 2006 (9:24 AM)

Over the past couple of weeks we've seen a few news items concerning fears that Wi-Fi networks may emit harmful radiation. So far none have been backed by any hard scientific facts, but that hasnít stopped calls for an inquiry:

Dr Ian Gibson, former chairman of the Commons Science and Technology Committee, last week called for the Department of Health to set up an inquiry into the apparent dangers of Wi-Fi communications. He said that the threat should be seriously examined and that another inquiry should be carried out like the Stewart report into mobile-phone radiation.

The Department of Health has been unable to confirm whether it is taking Gibson's claims seriously, or whether it will launch an inquiry. Calls to the Department from ZDNet UK have been met with no clear response this week.

Gibson spoke out after two schools banned wireless networks from their premises over health fears. Of the two schools, the most notable case was a classics teacher at the prestigious Stowe School in Buckinghamshire who said he had suffered "sudden flushes, pressure behind the eyes and burning sensations", from his school's Wi-Fi network.

I too suffered sudden flushes, pressure behind the eyes and a burning sensation while working at a school some years back, although that was largely due to the loud whining monsters in the classroom =).

Unfortunately wireless technologies, from the humble radio to modern WiMax networks, have almost always been subjected to a degree of scepticism. The question of whether or not they do any harm is, to be fair, not easily answered. Perhaps we need an inquirer just to help put some of these fears at rest.

Presently the country seems to be gripped by ďradiation fearĒ, yet contrary to the views of a few poorly informed folk, Polonium 210 isnít about to wipe out England. Still, if youíre in the market for taking out ex-KGB agents then a WiMax network probably isnít the best way. Eliminating the opposition by giving them free high-speed broadband connections, now thatís how I want to go! More @ ZDNet.


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