Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for March 07, 2006

You can’t be serious…are they trying to kill me?

Toronto Hydro plans city-wide WiFi Web access available almost anywhere

Today Toronto Hydro Corp. is expected to announce plans to bring “municipal Wireless-Fidelity” (WiFi for short) to Toronto. It’s a mesh of radio signals that can blanket an entire city, giving subscribers wireless Internet access virtually anywhere.

WiFi receiving and transmitting units will be mounted on items of urban furniture, like street lamps or pay phones. They’ll pick up radio waves carrying the Internet and pass them on from street lamp to street lamp. The waves will course up and down every street in the city, through parks, schoolyards, markets and pool halls. Subscribers will surf the Internet on a park bench or in a shopping mall.

Liang said the wireless industry won’t use stronger signals because it’s not yet known if they could cause health problems. But what about an abundance of weaker signals? It remains to be seen if anyone in the city would be spooked by the increase in regular-strength signals the project would unleash.

They wouldn’t be the first to question the safety of WiFi transmissions. Fred Gilbert, president of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, recently banned WiFi networks from parts of the campus, saying it’s still not known if regular exposure to wireless signals can have long-term health consequences.

Long-term health consequences? I’m a walking example!

And I’m still vibrating…


March 7, 2006 - Posted by | Health | , , , ,

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