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I would think that worries of tiered broadband pricing might be putting the kibosh on free public Wi-Fi, but there’s another culprit causing the City of Santa Fe to delay plans to install Wi-Fi in the local public libraries. In a clear case of the tyranny […]

I would think that worries of tiered broadband pricing might be putting the kibosh on free public Wi-Fi, but there’s another culprit causing the City of Santa Fe to delay plans to install Wi-Fi in the local public libraries. In a clear case of the tyranny of the minority, a group of citizens has banded together to stop the proliferation of electromagnetic fields in the form of Wi-Fi signals. The leader of the effort, Arthur Firstenberg, says he and others suffer form electromagnetic hypersensitivity, or EHS, and city buildings are some of their last refuges in an increasingly wireless world.

I have a hard time with this one, partially because scientists have found that people do suffer from symptoms of EHS but have found no proof linking those symptoms to electromagnetic exposure. To deny the 150 people a month who have asked for Wi-Fi in the libraries for the sake of a few dozen people who think they are sick because of Wi-Fi signals is ridiculous. So maybe an enterprising entrepreneur can wander down to Santa Fe and do a bang up business selling Faraday helmets.

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By Stacey Higginbotham
  1. The City Council voted to override this particular batch of nutball objections. Not an easy feat in a region that also has an “officially authorized” UFO landing site. Just across the valley from my home. :-]

    Now, let me tell you about chemtrails, some time…

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  2. Like Airtel, Reliance and Hutch, BSNL will soon launch an Internet access data card for laptops and desktops.

    The data card or GSM modem will be available in two options – network interface card or EVDO card. BSNL has promised to provide Internet speed upto 2.4mbps with CDMA interface in PCMCIA based cards.

    The EVDO card will cost INR 6k with an activation fee of INR 500. BSNL also has plans to bundle EDGE/GPRS PC Data Card with its cellular mobile connections.

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  3. Why is this on GigaOM? Post your personal issues on “Stacey’s Kewl Web Rants.”

    Or try talking to a mental health professional.

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  4. Eideard beat me to it, but the Santa Fe City Council approved the plan on or before June 12, at least two full days behind your post.

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  5. Stacey Higginbotham Monday, June 16, 2008

    Egads, chemtrails, that’s awesome! As for the post, I just thought it was strange that people in the U.S. were flipping out over Wi-Fi. I see it all the time on the BBC, but hadn’t heard much about it here.

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