University says “NO” to WiFi and Cellular Antennas

University says "No" to WiFiDecember 2009. If you are a student who is sensitive to electromagnetic energy or who does not want to be unnecessarily exposed to microwave radiation then this is definitely one university you should consider attending.

Lakehead University has opted for a fibre-optic network rather than a wireless network to provide access to the internet for students attending the campus in both Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario, Canada.

This is the first university in North America that has opted for the precautionary principle and that places the health and safety of students and staff above the convenience of wireless technology. Despite this policy students have access to the world wide web and have adequate cell phone access as well. What they don’t have is unnecessary exposure to microwave radiation.

We look to universities to provide leadership in society and this is one university that does just that. Despite lucrative, multi-year contracts offered to universities by cell phone providers for erecting cellular antennas on campus property, Lakehead has refused to place their students and staff at risk. In their policy report, effective November 10, 2009, they state “Cellular communications antennae will not be placed on University Property.”

If you study or work on a university campus and if you have wireless access or see antennas on campus property, ask your administrators to guarantee the safety of these installations in writing. If they refuse, then these installations should be removed and replaced with a fibre-optic network that will be faster, more secure, and safer than wireless. If your university won’t allow asbestos insulation to be used then they shouldn’t allow wireless technology to proliferate either because both are harmful to human health.

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