Alerts and Announcements
The future of cell phones is on the horizon. The 4th generation technology will bring high powered technology that will cause more RF radiation exposure from handheld devices and antennas and create another layer of radiation in our communities starting in 2008. Listen to Libby Kelley, who was interviewed on the KPFA radio Layna Berman Show on December 4, 2007 regarding "WIMax: The Next Wireless Exposure". You will need to pay the station a $5 download fee to access the MP3 file.
Local government may be further preempted in siting antennas. In fact, California just enacted state laws that would (1) grant the Public Utilities Commission jurisdiction over siting of WIMAX antennas with no public notice and review; and, (2) new collocation antennas are no longer subject to public notice and review when antennas are added or changed once these are installed. Do you know what bills are going through your state legislature to further extend the Federal telecommunications laws?
WiFi Proposal in San Francisco Update: SNAFU, the San Francisco Neighborhoods Antenna Free Union has been appealing a proposed municipal city-wide WiFi system under consideration by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. In that appeal, they request an environmental review under California's environmental laws before any decisions are made. In early September, 2007, Google and Earthlink, the corporate partners whose proposal was under consideration, backed out and those negotiations have stopped. On September 11, 2007, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors tabled SNAFU's appeal agreeing that it could be heard at a later date if another WiFi plan were considered. Meanwhile, on July 20, 2007, the German government issued a safety warning on WiFi systems, especially for children and youth and advised that schools should avoid using these systems if possible. See more information about WiFi health risks and progress made in installing municipal WiFi in other U.S. cities, below. We will keep you informed of new developments on this site.
Informative Online News Video About WiFi and Potential Health Risks
"WiFi: A warning signal" May 27. 2007. BBC Panoramic Webcast, features interviews with Sir William Stewart, MD, science advisor to the British government; Dr. Henry Lai, scientist, University of Washington; Dr. Olle Johansson, neuroscientist, Karolinska Institute, Sweden, Dr. Michael Repacholi, former head of the World Health Organization's EMF program; and, industry representatives – Essential viewing. If you have Windows Media Player Click on "Watch Program" on the right side. Otherwise there is a summary you can read at this URL http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/panorama/6674675.stm.
BBC Panoramic – Monday 21st May 2007 BBC1 8:30pm
"WiFi: A warning signal" – Electrosensitivity and Wi-fi discussed. Watch online below. (You need to skip through 2.45 minutes of Eastenders etc. to get to Panorama).
Reports and Testimony Related to SNAFUs Campaign to Oppose a City Wide WIFi Network in San Francisco
"Guest Editorial: Citywide Broadband – Time to Start Anew" Editorial by Doug Loranger, Co-Founder of SNAFU, in BeyondChron, on the on Prop J., which is on the November 2007 ballot in San Francisco and which asks citizens to generally endorse a city wide WiFi network, October 26, 2007. BeyondChron is an alternative online daily.
Comment letter to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors dated June 20, 2007, regarding proposed San Francisco Google/Earthlink Wifi system and explaining the health concerns that justify the call for an environmental impact review, prepared by Jeff D. Hoffman, Esq.
SNAFU's WIFi Appeal accompanying scientific report, dated May 30, 2007, prepared by Dr. Magda Havas of Trent University, Ontario, Canada.
Appeal letter to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors dated May 29, 2007, regarding proposed San Francisco Google/Earthlink WiFi system, prepared by Jeff D. Hoffman, Esq., attorney for SNAFU.
SNAFU's WIFi Appeal, accompanying engineering report dated May 23, 2007 prepared by Mitch Maifeld, Zenzic Research, Dickson, Tennessee.
Related Media Coverage
"Wi-Fi Backlash: Councils urge Caution on Wifi at Schools", by Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor, The Independent, July 15, 2007.
"Supes closer to approving citywide Wi-Fi. President says modifications to mayor's proposal could sway progressives to vote for it", by Heather Knight, Chronicle Staff Writer, July 7, 2007.
"Group takes issue with Wi-Fi", by Joshua Sabatini, SF Examiner, May 31, 2007.
"Cities' Wi-Fi projects find costs higher, takers fewer," by Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press. May 22, 2007.
More coverage on SNAFU's website: http://www.antennafreeunion.org/index.htm#alerts
Additional Related Articles
"WiFi Blues", by Jeffrey Fawcett, The Townsend Letter, July 2007.
"Microwave And Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure: A Growing Environmental Health Crisis?" By Cindy Sage, MA, EMF Consultant, San Francisco Medical Society Magazine, 2005.