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College bans Wi-Fi

The president of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, has banned Wi-Fi on campus, citing potential health risks.

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According to an article in ITbusiness.ca, President Fred Gilbert is concerned about exposing young people to electromagnetic fields.

"These are particularly relevant in younger people (who have) fast-growing tissues, and most of our student body are late teenagers and still growing, so it's just a matter of taking precautions and providing an environment that doesnÂ’t have a potentialÂ…associated risk," he said.

While some bloggers acknowledged that the jury is still out on the health risks of prolonged electromagnetic exposure, many pointed out that singling out Wi-Fi makes little sense.

Blog community response:

"The day may come when Lakehead University is blanketed with Wi-Fi, and it may be sooner rather than later, if the president of the school finds the evidence that there is no risk to be conclusive. Until that time, students and faculty will have (to) be old school when it comes to going online. Unless someone points out the strangulation risk from improper use of Cat5e cables."
--Ars Technica

"I support his notion of prudence, but unless he bans cell phones and nearby cell towers, cordless 2.4GHz phones, and other microwave emitters that produce higher amounts of microwave output, it's a little silly to focus on the low-power, diffuse, hard-to-tell-apart-from-noise nature of Wi-Fi."
--WiFi Net News

"No word on whether they are banning booze, pot or cigarettes, all proven health hazards."
--Venture Chronicles