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School sued for installing a wireless computer network

Crain's Chicago Business, October 9, 2003

October 09, 2003

Oak Park school sued over Wi-Fi

Parents cite health risks from radio waves

(Reuters) A pioneering elementary school district outside Chicago has been sued for installing a wireless computer network by parents worried that exposure to the network's radio waves could harm their children.

According to the complaint, filed in Illinois state court, parents of five children assert that a growing body of evidence outlines “serious health risks that exposure to low intensity, but high radio frequency radiation poses to human beings, particularly children.''

The Oak Park Elementary School District set up a wireless network to connect its schools to one another in 1995, long before such networks became wildly popular. A spokeswoman for the district, Gail Crantz, said it complies with all government regulations for wireless networks.

Today, the 5,000 students in the district have access to carts of laptop computers to do research on the Internet from their desks, said Steve Chowanski, director of information services for the district.

An estimated 30 million Wi-Fi networks have been installed worldwide, according to the Wi-Fi Alliance, which certifies wireless products. Brian Grimm, a spokesman for the group, said he is unaware of other similar suits targeting Wi-Fi networks.

According to Chowanski, a small group of parents had complained about the risks of installing wireless networks in the school. In response, the school board said it would continue to monitor research into the safety of the networks but reaffirmed its plan to use Wi-Fi.

“We are not going to do anything different,'' Chowanski said. “This is the wave of the future.''

The complaint by the parents was filed on Sept. 26 in the Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois. A hearing before Judge Nancy Arnold is scheduled for February.

The parents allege that the district failed to examine the health impact that wireless local area networks pose, especially for growing children. They are seeking class action status for their suit, which seeks to halt the use of wireless networks.

Calls to the parents and their lawyers were not immediately returned.

The Wi-Fi Alliance says Wi-Fi networks are safe. The radio waves in a Wi-Fi network use the same frequency as wireless home phones, and have one-thirtieth the power of, cordless phones, Grimm, the spokesman for the group, said.

1. A small group of parents had complained about the risks of installing wireless networks in the school.

2. In response, the school board said it would continue to monitor research into the safety of the networks but reaffirmed its plan to use Wi-Fi.

3. “We are not going to do anything different,'' Chowanski said. “This is the wave of the future.''

Informant: Don Maisch

Comment Dr Miguel Muntané:

WI-FI FUTURE WAVE HEALTH KILLER?. The Wi-Fi Alliance says Wi-Fi networks are safe

With artificial spherical models to continue to monitor research into the safety of the networks?

* Of course, this is not correct

The Wi-Fi Alliance says Wi-Fi networks are safe.

WI-FI AND SPHERICAL COW CONCEPT

They based their findings on the "spherical cow concept".

The initial heating undergone by a cow's body as a result of microwave radiation allowed them to establish a "safe level": the power of radiation is "10 times smaller"!. This increase in temperature has been studied by physicists and engineers using artificial spherical models.

Dr. Robert Becker. New York. Twice Dr. Becker has been nominated for a Nobel Prize in Medicine. Published by Linda Moulton Howe in EARTHFILES London (May 2000). "That level was applied for several decades to everything that concerned electromagnetic pollution. Of course, this is not correct." Dr. Robert Becker also states: "So, the premise that was applied by the physicists and the engineers was erroneous from the start."

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