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Wi-fi fears in Stroud are raised by new pressure group

By Stroud Life  |  Posted: November 06, 2013

Wi-fi fears in Stroud are raised by new pressure group

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CAMPAIGNERS who fear the new generation of mobile communication technology poses a health hazard have started a group in Stroud.

But safety experts say there is no evidence to back up their concerns.

A founder member of Protect the Public Against Microwave Radiation said it will campaign against wireless 4G technology in schools and public places.

“We know some local schools already have wi-fi installed,” said Gabriel Millar, one of the group’s founder members.

“We want to alert them and the parents of the potential damaging effects which this wireless-linked technology can have, particularly on children.”

“We urge parent teacher associations and governors to press to have this system replaced with a wired alter native.”

She said the most recent meeting of the group attracted more than 70 people.

It was held in the Old Town Hall in Stroud, where concerns were raised over the effects of perceived levels of radiation emitted by telecommunications masts since 4G arrived.

Public Health England, which monitors new communications technology for health risks, said there is no evidence that wireless networks affect health.

“People using wi-fi, or those in the proximity of wi-fi equipment, are exposed to the radio signals it emits and some of the transmitted energy in the signals is absorbed in their bodies, ” it stated.

“There is no consistent evidence to date that exposure to radio signals from wi-fi and WLANs (wireless local area network) adversely affects the health of the general population.

Based on current knowledge and experience, radio frequency exposures from wi-fi are likely to be lower than those from mobile phones.

“Also, the frequencies used in wi-fi are broadly the same as those from other radio frequency applications such as FM radio, TV and mobile


“On the basis of the published studies and those carried out in-house, PHE sees no reason why wi-fi should not continue to be used in schools

and in other places.”

Under a precautionary approach though, it is keeping the situation under review.

Sir William Stewart, former chairman of the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said it is carrying out a programme of research into WLANs and their use, to include measurements of exposures from wi-fi networks, in particular those in schools.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  November 11 2013, 1:08PM

    Willow have to agree, I like the part where they say that the schools are using much higher power than say a coffee shop, these will be the same people that say it's wrong to eat meat, even though it has been proved that animals for meat can bring about dedesertification http://tinyurl.com/cttagpe Great talk!

  • Willow_Wisp  |  November 11 2013, 4:16AM

    wirelesswatch - your information is (badly) cherry-picked and demonstrates a total lack of understanding of such things as Peer-Review and bias. Stop the scare-mongering flim-flammery, read a book such as Ben Goldacre's "Bad Science" to learn how it should be done, and - great advice for anyone - stick to what you're good at.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  November 10 2013, 10:39PM

    Pity wirelesswatch is referring to USA documents and doesn't read up on the subject as he doesn't know much like the fact that they use higher power in the USA. Maybe they aught to ban some others like tarmac baraken fern pickled vegetables

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  • daz85  |  November 10 2013, 7:41PM

    4G uses the same frequencies that analogue tv used to use! I'm sure u all used to watch tv...

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  • daz85  |  November 10 2013, 7:40PM

    I want 4G asap and I'm from Stroud! Stop moaning and get lives please!

  • wirelesswatch  |  November 10 2013, 7:25AM

    There are no less than 32 studies on wi fi that indicate harm. The world health organization classified microwave radiation from wi fi as a class 2B carcinogen. The frequency that wi fi uses is the same as mobile phones. there have been many documented cases of children having ringing in their ears, bloody noses, headaches, nausea and other problems that prohibit them from attending schools. there are now 9 countries that have either removed or are heading in the direction of removing wi fi from their schools and libraries. the phrase, "no consistent evidence" means nothing. it is an industry created phrase to foster doubt in peoples minds. tests are never the same as no two people are the same. any study that finds harm is credible. industry funded studies generally show no harm 75 % of the time while the reverse is true for independently funded studies. check this link for more information http://tinyurl.com/oqk86gx our kids should not be used as lab rats.

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  • ShireMe  |  November 06 2013, 6:54PM

    Silly article and uninformed quotes mean that the message is muddled. WiFi and 3G/4G are totally different things and mixing the two in this context gives an impression of tinfoil hattery! There is some concern that 3G and 4G broadcasting equipment and indeed mobile phones may have the *potential* to cause some health issues (particularly handsets used regularly and for prolonged periods by vulnerable groups, read: young children), but there is currently no evidence. Good luck getting that when the mobile phone industry is in charge of that research and continues to provide a massive source of revenue for tax coffers. Even if the research eventually proves a health risk? Most likely few will sacrifice their lifestyle for their health (smoking AS i write this). Ahhh humanity.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  November 06 2013, 11:10AM

    WiFi also uses burst transmission with CSMA/CD so it's not always transmitting, the power levels are also lower than mobile phones with a much lower range. Going outside in the sun or breathing the smoke from your "green" wood burner is a greater health risk!

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  • Willow_Wisp  |  November 06 2013, 10:51AM

    Lecroche - yes, we do live in a world where anyone can write anything, post it on the Internet asnd make it look official. But that is just a load of pseudo-scientific junk. Try here - http://tinyurl.com/3p98fus - for an open-minded dissection of the problem, and a website that everyone should know about.

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  • tombardier  |  November 06 2013, 10:21AM

    It's OK because you can avoid all of the health problems by wearing a tin-foil hat..

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