This page preserves content from our original website, www.mullumwifi.com, which was established during June 2013 in opposition to a proposal by Byron Shire Council, and several local business houses, for town-wide public Wi-Fi. It subsequently evolved into an information source for related community concerns involving smart electricity meters, and microwave towers that service the National Broadband Network (NBN) and phone companies. Be sure to check out the selection of Wi-Fi web links at the end of each section. For thousands more references online, visit our own categorised list of EMR Links.
The general population is still on a learning curve with regard to the nature, and rising extent, of electromagnetic radiation in our home and work environments. Yet a certain level of understanding is necessary to formulate opinion, and counteract any exploitation by those who would profit while jeopardising our mental and physical wellbeing. This is particularly timely given the multi-pronged push by the indusrty, media and government to cultivate a lucrative technology-needy public.
Generic depiction of a public access Wi-Fi network with town-wide coverage provided by six antennae.
When plans for erecting a mobile phone tower are announced, there is typically a passionate outcry from nearby segments of the community. Yet commonly wireless internet routers and cordless digital phones in nearly every home are also relatively strong emitters of bio-active microwaves. As recognition of adverse effects continues to grow, such devices are increasingly subject to official health warnings and outright bans, particulary in settings where children, pregnant women, or the elderly may be exposed.
One type of wi-fi antenna used in public hotspots.
If the above technologies are in one's own home, the user is deemed to be exercising "free choice". This is obviously not the case for installations in schools, commercial districts, or other public spaces. The situation is analogous to passive smoking. A more considered approach by those seeking to deploy these modalities is therefore not unreasonable.
There are limits on how much discordant energy the mind and body can tolerate and still function with an acceptable degree of normalcy. Once it is exceeded, the remedy becomes progressively more obscure, expensive, and convoluted. Ambient EMR is not like fluoridated water where there is a cheap and accessiblee alternative. You can’t buy bottled clean airspace.
Before proceeding, the reader may benefit from the following two artlcles, which appeared in our local Byron Bay News, They promote a "free" access, wireless mesh network (WMN) in the business precinct of the rural town of Mullumbimby, so far renown for its healthy alternative lifestyle.
Mullumbimby: the New Silicon Valley? http://www.byronnews.com.au/news/mullumbimby-the-new-silicon-valley/1853131/
Wi-Fi Project Gathers Pace. http://www.byronnews.com.au/news/wi-fi-project-gathers-pace/1904298/
Mullumbimby or Modembimby? Sign of the times.
It is not intended to suggest, directly or indirectly, that persons behind the Mullum Wi-Fi project are acting with impropriety or outside of the law. According to standards set by our regulators, ARPANSA and the ACMA, there is probably nothing to stop commercial Wi-Fi antennae being erected on every rooftop in town. Whether or not we want this for our community is another matter.
Free wi-fi, some wif-fi, or "wi-fi free". You decide.
Residents of Byron Shire have a well-earned reputation for environmental stewardship. To remain strong and unified, scrutiny must be given to technologies that possess the capability to adversely affect our quality of life. We should ask for prior research to prove they will not damage our physical or mental health. Are current Australian regulations up to the job of protecting us? Can we rely upon industry to put our wellbeing first?
The economic drivers of IT are compromising our airspace to a degree unimaginable only a decade ago. The degree of carelessness and irrational excess is mind boggling. Our local Council recently adopted wireless water meters that transmit 12 hours a day, even though the readings are taken only once quarterly. Modern cars employ wireless links between electronic modules in lieu of hard-wiring. If EMR were visible, it would appear as if we were living in a dense haze of "electro-smog".
Overloading of Towns and Cities with Radio Transmitters (Cellular Transmitter): a Hazard for the Human Health and a Disturbance of Eco-ethics. http://www.hese-project.org/hese-uk/en/niemr/hechtvortrag070724englisch.pdf
The Dangers and Lethality of Microwave Technology. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLWRdkxKXiw
Plot of measured electrosmog levels, arising from numerous sources, along a populated roadway.
Within an area covered by a wireless network there is little freedom of choice on whether or not to be exposed. In this respect, it is similar to other pervasive industrial toxins. Let's not think otherwise, simple because people are not falling over dead in the streets. Adverse effects emerge slowly over time and may not be officially acknowledged until too late.
There is already statistical evidence, on a global scale, of a causal link between increasing cases of Electro-Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS) and proliferation of EMR. The response is not unlike that triggered by a chemical allergen. Communications microwaves now saturate our airspace to the extent that advanced radar systems can use it, instead of a conventionally generated beam, as "passive" illumination.
Super-Radar, Done Dirt Cheap - Businessweek. http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2003-10-19/super-radar-done-dirt-cheap
According to a recent survey in Germany, about one third of GP's now associate EMR exposure with specific health disorders. By public demand, major European countries are already establishing housing projects that exclude wireless technology. This trend will grow, and represents a potentially lucrative opportunity for astute towns and cities to differentiate themselves as EHS friendly.
Diagram illustrating extent of coverage provided by a street-side distribution of Wi-Fi antennae.
It is not only the spread of Wi-Fi that is concerning. So many signal sources are now involved that, should a wide-spread negative impact be detected, it would be difficult to prove any single one as the responsible influence.
The chart above shows "wall-to-wall" frequency allocations between 3MHz and 300GHz. As with subterranean mineral and gas rights, our Government "owns" the airwaves, and auctions segments off to the highest bidder.
There appears to be a loose perception, fueled by business interests, that public Wi-Fi attracts customers. According to one study, what it may actually do is energetically induce a state of anxiety and the coveted "buying reflex". Not exactly the right formula for relaxed shopping with the family. On the other hand, the irritation or worry factor could simply drive patrons elsewhere. It is also debatable whether obsession with personal electronic devices actually "brings the people together", as some proponents would have us believe.
Example of the largely unquestioned proliferation of "free" public hotspots.
At present, there is nothing preventing shopkeepers in a town such as Mullumbimby from installing desktop wireless modems for the use of their patrons. They could even all agree on a single password, and establish an informal mesh network. Any superfluous routers could be decommissioned, thus reducing the net local field intensities. This approach could be cheaper and more flexible than dealing with the type a separate "enterprise gateway".
In return for a password, most such schemes divert internet traffic through a monitored connection. This then imposes itself upon what the user may have hoped would be a "pure" browsing experience. In terms of advantage, the organisation in control acquires an avenue to advertise and promote, as well as collect user data, including tracking of movement and shopping behaviour. At the time of this writing, full intentions of the Mullum Wi-Fi promoters have not been disclosed. Hence, it is uncertain which, if any, of the above features will apply, either initially or with the passage of time.
Plot showing emitted microwave field topology from two Wi-Fi transmitters on school grounds. Red zone is the most intense.
Another aspect of the current debate on Wi-Fi safety centers upon school classrooms fitted with wireless access points (WAP). One is required for about every 30 students. It all sounds fairly straightforward and up-market, so why the passionate opposition? In some cases, installation has resulted in a upsurge of otherwise unexplainable health and psychological disorders. This is partially explained in the quote below from a US media outlet. It is typical of hundreds of articles on this topic that appear in the world press every year.
"Wi-Fi emits radio frequency radiation, the same as cell towers and phones. Portland Public School policy is not to lease property to cell phone companies for tower sites, yet they bring towers (Wi-Fi devices) into the schools. Recent measurements of one middle school show that children are sporadically exposed to 3 times or more the radiation than standing 200 yards from a cell tower. In some schools, that is a 7 hour exposure all day long. There is now a law suit against PPS."
The German Federal Government has released a public advisory to "avoid exposure to radiation emanating from Wi-Fi in cafés, schools, public hot spots, and private homes".
Although existing "official" safety regulations are not being violated, future liability could arise if legitimate concerns of parents and teachers are ignored. It has been speculated that one reason for taxpayer-funded Wi-Fi in schools is to stimulate sales of tablet PC's, most of which do not provide for a wired connection.
What is wrong with this picture? 24 microwave-emitting tablet PC's, a wireless access point, and decision-makers seemingly unconcerned about the effects on our kids.
"Parents deserve to know wireless radiation can cause a wide range of symptoms including headaches, nausea and racing heart rates," - Frank Clegg, former President of Microsoft Canada.
Science vs. Standards
An alarming disparity persists between contemporary research findings and public policy. The latter is at about the same stage in its evolution as climate change was a decade ago. Within the past thirty years there has been a dramatic rise in the incidence of previously rare diseases which closely tracks the uptake curve of wireless technologies. In most modern settings, the interaction of EM signals from multiple sources, produces complex field topologies. The effect of these has yet to be reasonably studied at all.
The following quote is from a US Govt. report published in 1971. "Unless adequate monitoring and control based on a fundamental under standing of biological effects are instituted in the near future, in the decades ahead, man may enter an era of energy pollution of the environment comparable to the chemical pollution of today."
There is now wide recognition that living organisms can be affected by far lower levels of electromagnetic radiation than previously considered possible. While some world governments are taking this onboard and imposing stricter legislative controls, comparable Australian agencies lag sadly behind. No longer able to dismiss adverse biological findings, their latest assertion is that there is no resulting heath impact. This defies logic, let alone ample evidence to the contrary.
In evaluating scientific studies, it is important to consider the 1) source of funding, 2) timespan, and 3) date conducted. These could indicate the possibly if experimental bias, insufficient time allowed for effects to manifest, or the work predating contemporary usage patterns of related technologies.
More informed or precautionary use would not be the end of the wireless world, as some industry spokemen darkly predict. We all remember when research first appeared demonstrating the harmful effects of the Sun's UV rays. To forestall an epidemic of melanomas, the Federal Government rightfully embarked upon an extensive public ad campaign. The result was not that people stopped going out in daylight. Rather, they modified their behaviour accordingly, and a whole new industry was born surrounding skin protection. Given the evidence at hand, there is no reason to treat EMR any differently.
A recent report of the EU European Parliamentary Assembly recommended a precautionary ban on cellphones, wireless phones, Wi-Fi, and even baby monitors, claiming that waiting for scientific and clinical proof could lead to high health and economic costs, as was the case in the past with asbestos, leaded gasoline and tobacco. Some who are less conservative point out that ample "proof" has been around for a long time.
Bibliography of Reported Biological Phenomena ("Effects") and Clinical Manifestations Attributed to Microwave and Radio-frequency Radiation. Categorical overview and list of 2300 references published by the US Naval Medical Research Institute in 1972. http://www.magdahavas.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Navy_Radiowave_Brief.pdf
Second World Congress for Electricity and Biomagnetism in Medicine. Large PDF of abstracts. http://www.bioelectromagnetics.org/doc/bems1997-abstracts.pdf
Non-Ionizing Electromagnetic Radiation in the Radiofrequency Spectrum and its Effects on Human Health. A comprehensive overview. http://www.wireless-health.org.br/downloads/LatinAmericanScienceReviewReport.pdf
Handheld EMF meter showing radiation profile from a typical office or home Wi-Fi router. Street-based antenna servicing public mesh networks emit even higher levels.
The following excerpt is from a study conducted by Australia's own CSIRO: "After analysing the scientific studies available to date, and also following the hearings for expert opinions organised in the context of the Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs, there is sufficient evidence of potentially harmful effects of electromagnetic fields on fauna, flora and human health to react and to guard against potentially serious environmental and health hazards."
Electromagnetic and radiofrequency (RF) fields can also aggravate pre-existing conditions. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine states, "Based on numerous studies showing harmful biological effects from EMF and RF exposure, the following medical conditions and disabilities would more than likely benefit from avoiding exposure."
- Musculoskeletal effects including pain, muscle tightness, spasm, fibrillation. Heart disease and vascular effects including arrhythmia, tachycardia, flushing, edema.
- Pulmonary conditions including chest tightness, dyspnea, decreased pulmonary function.
- Gastrointestinal conditions including nausea. Dermal itching, burning, pain.
- Neurodegenerative diseases, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Neurological conditions, paresthesias, somnolence, cephalgia, dizziness, unconsciousness, headaches, depression, sleep disruption, fatigue, dizziness, tremors, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, decreased memory, attention deficit disorder, anxiety, visual disruption.
- Fetal abnormalities and pregnancy. Genetic defects and cancer.
- Liver disease and genitourinary disease.
Trust me, it's free.
There is little doubt a large segment of the world economy is riding upon a groundswell of wireless technology. The IT industry now has more lobbiests and political clout than the pharmaceutical sector. The over-riding question is how to ensure with utmost certainty that there will be no piper for humanity to pay in the future. Some associated industries are already being pressured by their insurers to adopt a progressive lowering of emissions from individual sources; unpublicized and without admission of prior culpability. Let's hope it is not another case of too little too late by those eager to reap massive profits and tax revenues.
Spectrum analysis charts showing 1) the complex signal spread of a single Wi-Fi signal, and 2) the activity on all thirteen available channels, at one location, occupying the frequency range of 2.410 to 2.475GHz.
The official Government limits in China and Eastern Europe for permanent exposure to 1800MHz radio frequencies, in the range of 0.3 to 300 GHz, is 10uW/cm2, based upon their own extensive research. The same in Australia for GSM microwaves is 10W/m2 (up to 100 times more). Toronto's Chief Medical Officer of Health recently recommended Canadian safety levels be lowered by a factor of 100.
Meanwhile our increasingly nervous regulators, ARPANSA and the ACMA, place a bet both ways by recommending the poorly defined "precautionary prinicple", and "prudent avoidance". In the same industry-friendly spirit, they recently changed their preferred acronym for electromagnetic radiation to "electromagnetic energy" or "EME". This supposedly sounds less threating, and has the added effect of obscuring from internet searches decades of adverse scientific findings on "EMR".
Present standards appear to be a crude function of economic benefit vs. "accepted" risk factors. Their laxity represents a "legal exemption" for an ever-increasing variety of commercially inspired, radio frequency sources to be imposed upon us. With big money at stake, the only way to change this scenario is to not buy these products and demand safer technology. Scientists and medical organisations are beginning to speak out about a looming epidemic of EMR-induced diseases. World hospital statistics show it is already beginning to manifest.
Laptops and tablet PC's with Wi-Fi transmitters built into them are a related consumer safety issue, particularly since they are often used in direct contact with, or close proximity to, the body. Some brands have as many as five Antennae. If you operate a laptop on your lap and are using Wi-Fi, you could be less than 2cms from the radiation source, and receiving a dosage comparable to that of a mobile phone.
The USB dongle is a similar proposition in terms of radiated EMR.
Placing a Wi-Fi enabled tablet or laptop in contact with any part of the body lowers the transmitted field strength due to absorption.
Image from the official NBN website. Does this help promote safe laptop usage?
As the chart below clearly shows, the thinner skull of children allows microwave radiation to penetrate far more deeply into brain tissue, resulting in potential developmental abnormalities. Women of all ages are also more affected than men due to their more complex hormonal system. Given the documented behavioral and biological impacts of EMR, it could be considered a form of involuntary mass medication; aka "aerial fluoride".
Chart comparing microwave radiation asorption between differing age groups.
Wireless modalities are progressing so fast, and the rush for profits so intense, that many experts believe we are getting ahead of ourselves in terms of verifying a reasonable degree of safety prior to product release. It seems as if no one in authorty really wants to know. There are persistent reports of stakeholders seeking to influence or disappropriate research that is critical to their aims.
A Swiss study found that of 129 studies sampled only 22% utilized exposures lasting longer than two months. It is now widely adocated that much longer timeframes are needed. Due to this shortsighted approach, the world population has been effectively reduced to the status of guinea pigs, relegated to a future of cummulative health disorders that can take decades to become objectifiable.
Nonetheless, it is possible for anyone to exercise a meaningful degree of control in reducing daily exposure. Begin logically in the home or workplace where the most time is spent. Locate which devices are the stongest emitters, usually cordless (DECT) phones and wireless modems, and simply replace them with older style wired systems. Since most such wireless sources have a range of up to several hundred metres, you might also ask your neighbours to consider doing the same.
Compunding the matter is that, concurrent with uptake of microwave technologies, contributing lifetsyle factors are also on the rise. These include chronic toxicity, impaired health or nutrition, use of stimulants, and enviornmental or psychological stress.
Intellectuals, caffeine and microwaves - partners in addiction?
Have you ever noticed how protective some people are about their wireless devices? Research has shown actual withdrawal symptoms, resembling those of drug dependency, when microwave stimulation is suddenly removed. When present, it reportedly triggers production of endogenous opioids similar to a small dose of the tranquilliser Vallium. This helps explain why mobile phones are so effective as "pacifiers" for children; and today's typically stressed-out adults. After a prolonged dependency one might forget how to relax by natural means, and go seeking it in all the wrong places.
The trance-like component of this induced state is also the real reason why it is dangerous (and has been made illegal) to drive a motor vehicle while using a mobile phone. After all, there is no equivalent sanction against talking with someone in the back seat. Additionally, the phone must radiate a stronger field to compensate for the shielding effect of the car's metal body.
Elimination of power cables is the goal of resonant POWER transfer, or "Wi-tricity". In the absence of informed oversight, such trends presupposing ever-higher levels of environmental EMR will continue unabated.
A Position Regarding the Use of Non-Ionizing Electromagnetic Radiation, Including WiFi, in the Workplace. The OECTA Provincial Health and Safety Committee states, "There are reports of a number of immediate biological effects that are experienced with exposure, such as; headaches, nausea, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, weakness, pressure in the head, and a racing or fluttering heart (tachycardia)."
Below is a partial list of disorders so-far associated with exposure to Wi-Fi, radio frequency, and communication microwaves. A consistent thread is the ability of EMR in general to disrupt cellular communication and processes throughout the body.
- Neurasthenia, neurotic symptoms
- Altered EEG patterns
- Sleep disorders, insomnia
- Reduced melatonin levels, related cancer risk
- Deformation of the biologic rhythm hierarchy
- Disorder in the hypothalamohypophyseal adrenal cortex system
- Arterial hypotonia, more rarely arterial hypertonia, bradycardia,or tachycardia
- Vagotonic displacement of the cardiovascular system
- Altered gene expression, chromosome damage
- Hyperfunction of the thyroid
- Resting tremor of the body
- Visual and auditory distortion
- Potency disorders, reduced sperm count and motility
- Hair loss
- Digestive function disorders
- Slowing down of the sensory motor system
- Increased susceptibility to infection
- Embyronic development disorders
- Altered glucose metabolism
- Exhaustion, lack of energy
- Depression, anxiety
- Dizziness, nausea
- Weakness of concentration
- Daytime tiredness
- Quick tiring under stress
- Lightheadedness, dizziness
- Constriction of physical and mental ability
- Attention defecit
- Memory loss
- Night sweats
- Spontaneously occurring excitability from hypotonic reaction situation
- Cardiac pain, heart racing
Further Reading - Wi-Fi
Safe & Smart 4 Ur Kids - Reduce Wif-Fi Radiation. Australian video highlights inconsistencies between Government policy and practice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GJPTzaNkcUk
Wi-Fi in Schools - Australia - Communities organize to ban Wi-Fi in schools. http://www.wifi-in-schools-australia.org/
Ill Health From Wi-Fi - PDF fact sheet. http://www.emraware.com/documents/11 - Ill Health from Wi-Fi.pdf
The Dangers of Wi-Fi. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiO7ofDGoD8
Medical Advisory: WiFi Radiation and Children's Heatlh (Updated) - The concensus is changing. " ... in schools and classrooms, give preference to wired Internet connections," - The Council of Europe. http://www.safeinschool.org/2013/02/medical-advisory-wifi-radiation-and.html
Wif-Fi Is Not Safe for Kids - YouTube. "There is no safe level of microwaves for children". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS_ivzKaEME
Use of Laptop Computers Connected to Internet Through Wi-Fi Decreases Human Sperm Motility and Increases Sperm DNA Fragmentation. "It has been postulated that declines seen in male fertility over recent years may be related to various environmental factors, including RF-EMW". https://www.andrologyaustralia.org/journal-articles/use-of-laptop-computers-connected-to-internet-through-wi-fi-decreases-human-sperm-motility-and-increases-sperm-dna-fragmentation
Powerwatch Wi-Fi Overview. Wi-Fi and Health. http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/rf/wifi.asp
The Dangers of Wi-Fi to Women and Children. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRLSPWviyzQ
Mast Sanity. Wireless Networking (Wi-Fi). http://www.mastsanity.org/info-guides-/wi-fi-guide.html
The Wi-Fi Blues. A critical article on city-wide Wi-Fi. http://www.arizonaadvancedmedicine.com/articles2/wifi_blues.html
What “Free Public Wi-Fi” Is and Why You Should Avoid It. Security issues and ghosts from the past. http://lifehacker.com/5660769/what-free-public-wifi-is-and-why-you-should-avoid-it
Why We Will Never See Municipal WiFi Succeed in the US - "Ultimately, the use of these mesh WiFi solutions was the wrong tool for the job." http://greatfallsventures.wordpress.com/2007/09/10/why-we-will-never-see-municipal-wifi-succeed-in-the-us/
France Bans Wi-Fi from Schools as They Think They are Hazardous to Their Pupils. http://www.emfields.org/news/20130521-wifi-schools-france-banned.asp
European Leaders Don't Want Cell Phones or Wi-Fi in Schools. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/06/02/european-leaders-call-for-ban-of-cell-phones-and-wifi-in-schools.aspx
The Head of Belgium's Largest Mobile Phone Company Warns of the Dangers of RF - President of Begacom, Belgium's largest mobile phone company, has banned WiFi technology on the 27th floor of the company's skyscraper, occupied by management. http://www.emfields.org/news/20130125-belgium-danger-mobile.asp
Schools should not install wireless Internet systems because the technology is linked to learning disabilities, headaches and immune system deficiencies, according to an international association of physicians. Physician Group Adds Weight to Warnings of Wi-Fi in Schools. http://fairfieldsafemeters.com/2012/10/10/physician-group-adds-weight-to-warnings-of-wi-fi-in-schools/
Autistic children are routinely advised to use a Wi-Fi enabled tablet PC to assist with attention and learning. The effect could actually be just the opposite. Findings in Autism (ASD) Consistent with Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) and Radiofrequency Radiation (RFR). http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/sec20_2012_Findings_in_Autism.pdf
Immunohistopathologic Demonstration of Deleterious Effects on Growing Rat Testes of Radiofrequency Waves Emitted from Conventional Wi-Fi Devices. "These findings raise questions about the safety of radiofrequency exposure from Wi-Fi Internet access devices for growing organisms of reproductive age, with a potential effect on both fertility and the integrity of germ cells." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22465825
Wif-Fi in Schools. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgLO9yR1JlQ
Wi-Fi in Schools and the Health Effects of Microwaves. http://www.magdahavas.com/wifi-in-schools-and-health-effects/
Wi-Fi - A Thalidomide in the Making. Who Cares? "A minimum of 57.7% of schoolgirls exposed to low-level microwave radiation (Wi-fi) are at risk of suffering stillbirth, foetal abnormalities or genetically damaged children, when they give birth. Any genetic damage may pass to successive generations." http:www.emraware.com/documents/WiFi - a Thalidomide in the Making.pdf
The Dangers of Wi-Fi. Side Effects Wi-Fi, WLAN Electromagnetic Radiation Wireless Internet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiO7ofDGoD8
Safe School Committee. Extensive list of warnings by world governments. http://safeschool.ca/Health_Warnings.html
Wireless Industry’s Patented System to Reduce Acknowledged Cancer Risk from Wireless Local Networks - Application Filed in 2003. According to Barry Trowers, they have known for over 40 years. Excerpt: "Thus it has been possible to show that mobile radio radiation can cause damage to genetic material, in particular in human white blood cells, whereby both the DNA itself is damaged and the number of chromosomes changed. This mutation can consequently lead to increased cancer risk." http://fairfieldsafemeters.com/2013/05/01/wireless-industrys-patented-system-to-reduce-acknowledged-cancer-risk-from-wireless-local-networks-application-filed-in-2003/#more-978
Wi-Fi in Schools - Links to dozens of articles. "Wi-fi in schools, is not happening to ‘educate kids’. Wi-fi in schools is happening to make money." A recent study demonstrated that computers in classrooms can actually impair the learning process and intellectual development. One symptom of microwave exposure is loss of concentration and memory. http://www.wirelesswatchblog.org/wi-fi-in-schools/
Why Wireless Radiation Can Make You Sick and What You Can Do About It - "... the #1 cause of inflammation of the cells in your body and how that can lead to disease like brain cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and more." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs2nF1LLt0Y
Mobile Learning and Health-Risk Management of Pulsed Microwave Technologies. "If biological effects are taken into account for future safety limits, then the Wi-Fi technology is called for new innovative, less EMF-radiating solutions. Based on our results, we would recommend precautionary actions to reduce EMF exposure." http://people.uta.fi/~mikko.p.ahonen/Ahonen_Koppel_Mlearn_Helsinki_Final_Draft_2012.pdf
Israeli Ministry Of Education Issues Guidelines to Limit Wi-Fi in Schools. "To limit unnecessary exposure teachers will be required to turn off all radio frequency emitting devices such as mobile phones and Wi-Fi routers when they are not in use for educational purposes. In the first grade students will be limited to use Wi-Fi to study for one hour per day and no more than three days per week." http://www.gsma.com/publicpolicy/israeli-ministry-of-education-issue-guidelines-to-limit-wi-fi-in-schools
Free Super Wi-Fi Plan Stirs Opposition. "The airwaves that FCC officials want to hand over to the public would be much more powerful than existing Wi-Fi networks that have become common in households." http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/02/04/tech-telecom-giants-take-sides-fcc-proposes-public-networks/5cx7s8HHZtod7iUqdhBMxN/story.html
Wireless Radiation in the Etiology and Treatment of Autism: Clinical Observations
and Mechanisms. "When cells are not able to communicate, functional requirements between cells, tissues and organs are not met and physiologic processes become compromised. For example, when intercellular communication is disrupted, messages from local cell groups or tissues are not carried to the immune, nervous or endocrine systems." http://www.whale.to/vaccine/EMR-Autism-ACNEM-final.pdf
Wi-Fi Electromagnetic Fields Exert Gender Related Alterations on EEG. "The presence of radiation had no effect on the energies of alpha and beta band of male subjects, while it reduced these energies of female subjects, resulting in significantly lower energies, as compared to those of males." http://www.istanbul.edu.tr/6internatwshopbioeffemf/cd/pdf/poster/WI-FI ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS EXERT GENDER.pdf
2.45 GHz Radiofrequency Fields Alter Gene Expression in Cultured Human Cells. "RF irradiation may trigger apoptosis-related activities in the exposed cells." Apoptosis is programmed cell death. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014579305009269
Prenatal Exposure to Non-ionizing Radiation: Effects of WiFi Signals on Pregnancy Outcome. http://www.rrjournal.org/doi/abs/10.1667/RR2255.1
Use of Laptop Computers Connected to Internet Through Wi-Fi Decreases Human Sperm Motility and Increases Sperm DNA Fragmentation. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22112647?dopt=Abstract
Wireless Electro-Sensitivity: a Physicist with ES Replies to NewsWireless. http://www.newswireless.net/index.cfm/article/3434
Wireless LAN (W-LAN) / Wi-Fi / WiMAX. Institute for Geopathology. Extensive worldwide links relating to adverse bioeffects of Wi-Fi. http://geopathology-za.wikidot.com/wireless-lan
NBN Fixed Wireless
As a cost-saving measure, the all-fibre-optic National Broadband Network (NBN), inaugurated by the previous Australian Labor Government, is to be substituted in rural areas by an iteration of the 4G LTE platform. This scheme thus re-introduces many of the potential, and widely debated, health issues associated with mobile telephony. It requires a local base station tower, by which wireless internet data streams to and from antennae located on subscribers' premises. The entire community is immersed in a patchwork microwaves from these, as well as the emissions of the tower itself.
Transmitting heads of an NBN tower.
As in other instances of new roll-outs, industry relies primarily upon Australian Government regulations to allay public concerns, and ignores the accumulating mass of evidence indicating adverse biological responses. The towers also degrade visual amenity and property value, and in some instances may have not been subjected to the proper local government approval process.
It is suspected that the financial sustainability of NBN fixed wireless relies in part upon an undisclosed strategy to lease space on its towers to commercial operators. They may also host smart metering transceivers (see next section) whereby customer data from electricity, water and gas meters, as well as home appliance usage will be relayed back to a central authority.
It should be noted that 4G LTE differs from previous wireless telephony systems in terms of frequency and signal structure.several respects. The modulation, which allows multiple conversations to occur at once within the same frequency band, is based upon frequency division (FDMA) rather than time division (TDMA).
A 4G LTE facility can also be expanded upon to incorporate simultaneous parallel data streams (MIMO), both upload and download, from multiple antenna, thereby having the potential to greatly increase EMR exposure levels. Another feature is "adaptive beamsteering" which, by altering the phase relationships between the multiple transmitting heads, allows higher singal levels to be focussed upon a defined area.
Given the fundamental nature of these changes, there has been surprisingly little prior human testing for biological impacts. Here is the only one we could find so far.
30 Minutes Exposure To 4G Cell Phone Radiation Affects Brain Activity: New Study. http://www.thehealthyarchive.info/2013/10/30-minutes-exposure-to-4g-cell-phone.html
LTE Cell Phone Radiation Affects Brain Activity in Cell Phone Users. http://www.prlog.org/12215083-lte-cell-phone-radiation-affects-brain-activity-in-cell-phone-users.html
When called upon to produce scientific evidence specific to the safety of 4G, industry appears at a loss and tenders assumptions based upon their contention of harmlessness from prior networks. In other words, once again, we consumers are exploited as test subjects, all in the name of corporate expediency.
Further Reading - NBN
NBN Co. Skips Councils to Build Towers. http://www.afr.com/p/technology/nbn_co_skips_councils_to_build_towers_h41iaCZF3JNXE8a7F5WO8ONBN Towers Anger Residents and Andrew Wilkie. http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/government-it/nbn-towers-anger-residents-and-andrew-wilkie-20120112-1py5q.html
Officials Object to 4G Phones Pending Data on Health Risks. http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/officials-object-to-4g-phones-pending-data-on-health-risks-1.346105
German 4G Upgrade Increases Radiation Levels. http://www.mcf.amta.org.au/newsletters/Mobile.InSite.May.2013?Article=39384
Townsfolk Reject Wireless NBN. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/in-depth/townsfolk-reject-wireless-nbn/story-e6frgaif-1226216696170
Anti-NBN Hysteria Reaches New Low. http://www.abc.net.au/technology/articles/2013/01/23/3674993.htm
4G Interfering with 2 Million Homes with Freeview TV. http://www.emfields.org/news/20130409-4g-freeview-interferes.asp
Federal Communications Minister Considers Post-election NBN Trial on Power Poles. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-21/the-federal-communiations-minister-considers-post-election-nbn-/5274384
Why Not wireless? NBN Myths. https://nbnmyths.wordpress.com/why-not-wireless/
4G and the Coming Cancer Crisis. http://risk-monger.blogactiv.eu/2012/01/13/4g-and-the-coming-cancer-crisis/#.Uw3OseLNsno
4G/LTE - Institute for Geopathology SA. http://geopathology-za.wikidot.com/wtech:4g-lte
Petition: Cancel the Fixed Wireless contract with Ericsson. http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/malcolm-turnbull-cancel-the-fixed-wireless-contract-with-ericsson
What’s the Difference Between 3G and 4G Cellular Systems? http://electronicdesign.com/4g/what-s-difference-between-3g-and-4g-cellular-systems
NBN Wireless Technology Specifications. http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2131420
LTE Basics Part I. OFDMA and LTE Frame structures. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pArdrXM5qLM
NBN Co signs Ericsson for $1.1 billion 4G LTE Fixed Wireless Network Contract. http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/388576/nbn_co_signs_ericsson_1_1_billion_4g_lte_fixed_wireless_network_contract/
The current roll-out of smart grid technology is not directly related to Wi-Fi. Nonetheless, the both technologies add significantly to the overall burden of microwaves within our communal airspace. This suggests the possiblity of escalated impacts upon the health and wellbeing of affected communities. In spite of assurances to the contrary, the signal strength is comparatively high at close range, as indicated by the bar graph below. Like Wi-Fi and mobile telephony, it is also in the form of biologically disruptive, digital pulse microwaves.
A smart meter's purpose is to record consumption of electric energy at programmed intervals and broadcast that data to the utility for billing. It also accepts transmitted operational commands, for example to autonomously shut down power, limit the subscriber's usage, or interact with the new breed of intelligent "energy saving" home appliances. Collectively, this is dubbed, the "Advanced Metering Network" (AMI). The power companies sell you less electricity for more money, while law enforcement gains another surveillance option into your private life, all at the expense of the consumer.
Compulsory installation of smart meters upon homes and businesses has created a worldwide backlash. In the state of Victoria alone, nearly 100,000 customers refused to have them installed. Additionally, people resent an agenda that is in apparent contravention of human rights, and enforeced only by coercion and a loosely-worded Government "mandate".
Public objections to smart meters are based primarily upon three factors 1) exposure to radiofrequency EMR, 2) invasion of privacy, and 3) predatory billing practices. Prompted by rising complaints, opposition is becoming increasing well organised, authoritative, and litigious.
The utilities claim each meter only broadcasts a few minutes in total each day. What they are doing here is adding up all of the low duty cylce pulses and compressing them into one continuous timeframe. This contrivance obfuscates the fact that there can be up to 200,000 pulses per day, thereby making the signal virtually continuous.
It is also claimed that only a few activations per day are required to relay electricity usage. True, but in fact the bulk of activity is due to meters within any given area sending "maintenance" signals back and forth between each other. Part of this is a kind of three-part bucket brigade that relays data, from 1) meter-to-meter across the neighbourhood, 2) to a special "collector meter" on someone's house, and 3) to the nearest street-side transceiver usually situated on a power pole. Logically, households closest to the latter are destined to experience much greater signal traffic than those farthest away.
Street transceiver for a smart meter network mounted on a power pole.
Irrespective of where it signal winds up, smart meter antennae transmit in all directions at once. A significant amount of radiation can penetrate the outer wall of a dwelling into the living areas, even through a metal-backd meter box. The noisy switching circuits that power the meter itself have been known to introduce "dirty electricity" into the building's wiring system.
A chart of reported symptoms relative to microwave dosages received at various distances from a smart meter. Click to enlarge.
The combined result is that many customers have reported significant health problems that coincide with the arrival of their new smart meter. Some of these are shown in the chart above, and included in the web links at the bottom of this section.
In Australia, smart meters transmit data on a 900MHz carrier, a frequency common to many mobile phone networks. Based upon US data, normal line-of-sight range can be up to 4 Km, thus defining one cell of the mesh network. However, high power routers, such as deployed to cover intervening distance in sparsely populated areas, can extend this reach to over 100Km if required.
As if this were not enough, smart meters contain a second radio frequency transmitter, the 2.4GHz "ZigBee" module, intended for communication with the new breed of smart appliances via a home area network (HAN). It spite of futuristic pretentions, this is mostly about higher bills, targeted marketing, and erosion of privacy.
There is emerging evidence that the planet's biodiversity and food chain are also comprisied by low level ambient microwaves. A sharp decline in bee populations has been documented in areas subsequent to installation of smart meters. It is believed their emitted signals interfere with the Earth’s natural magnetic field, resulting in the loss of the navigational capacity of bees. Workers then fail to return to the hive. There is additional evidence to suggest other insects, as well as birds and bats, are similarly affected.
Is Electrosmog Harming Our Wildlife? List of 153 published scientific papers. http://www.scribd.com/doc/63829925/Is-Electrosmog-hurting-our-wildlife-149-references
Will the Communications Industry Be the Final Straw for Our Planet's Ecosystems? http://www.safelandforbees.org.uk/bees-and-microwave-radiation.html
Smart meters come in two flavors, rectangular and round. Installation of multiple meters in an office or apartment block, results in proprtionately higher levels of EMR for the occupants.
"Foiling" smart meters to help contain their microwaves has become a last resort among those affected. However, this could inadvertently reflect radiation back through the meter box and into the dwelling, and additionally may be unlawful.
Smart metering invades privacy to an unprecedented degree by making available to the electricity supplier, or unscrupulous hacker, intimate details regarding the appliance usage, and hence lifestyle, of the customer and their family. In a sense, this is unwarranted surveillance, which probably explains why nearly every law enforcement agency and government in the world entusiastically supports it.
Forced installation upon everyr premises also affords a cloak of deniability to manufacturers of other EMR-emitting devices, such as mobile phones, routers, etc. In other words, it adds to and homogenises the sum total of radiation in the environment, thereby making it difficult to isolate any singular item as the source of observed harm.
The above two smart meter time-of-use charts illustrate how monitored appliance usage can reveal, and subsequently exploit, your daily habits.
All Fired Up
There have been numerous instances of smart meters starting fires, apparently due to design flaws or installation by contractors with inadequate training. While these events are generally downplayed, some informed homeowners believe this to be a real and unacceptable liability. Below is a photo of what was reported to be such a fire in Victoria.
Further Reading - Smart Meters
Smart Meters - YouTube - Well spoken critique by an expert. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JNFr_j6kdI
The Wireless Smart Meter Scandal. http://www.es-uk.info/news/20100928_main_newsletter.pdf
Stop Smart Meters Australia. http://stopsmartmeters.com.au/
Wireless Smart Meters and People with Electro-sensitivity. http://www.emraware.com/documents/14 - Wireless Smart Meters & people with ES.pdf
Fairfield Safe Meters, Promoting Safe Alternatives to Wireless Utility Meters. http://fairfieldsafemeters.com/
Stop the Smart Meters: Say No to Smart Meters in Victoria. http://stopsmartmeters.net/smartElectricityMeters.htm
Smart Meter: Dumb Idea for Power. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/smart-meter-dumb-idea-for-power/story-e6frgd0x-1226531604809
Smart Meter Dangers. "Australian medical board calls for halt to smart meters." http://www.smartmeterdangers.org/
Stop Smart Meter Installation - Legal Letter. http://www.blissful-wisdom.com/stop-smart-meter-installation---legal-letter.html
Oakland Neighborhood Resisting Smart Meters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZI2zGCQPU8
The Dark Side of 'Smart' Meters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLeCTaSG2-U
Smart Meters Can Reveal Your Personal Habits in The Worldwide Energy Web. http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2011/09/smart-meters-can-reveal-your-personal-habits-in-the-worldwide-energy-web-1127505.html
Home - Stop OC Smart Meters. http://www.stopocsmartmeters.com/
American Academy of Environmental Medicine Calls for a Halt to Wireless Smart Meters. http://ahappyhabitat.com/docs/AmAcadEnvironMedsmart.html
Day of Action to Stop Smart Meters. Photo-rich site showing citizens of all ages protesting against smart meters. http://actiondaytostopsmartmeters.org/
The Smart Meters: What are the Different Types, How do They Work and What are the Health Issues? http://www.eiwellspring.org/smartmeter/Smart_Meter_overview.htm
Foiling a "Smart" Meter on the Street, San Francisco CA. This is may be unlawful, and if not done properly could result in EMR being reflected back into the building. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL2JQ0FbgvU
Smart Meter Dangers Q & A. http://www.smartmeterdangers.org/index.php/smart-meter-questions-answers
Smart Meter Dangers: The Health Hazards of Wireless Electromagnetic Radiation Exposure. http://www.globalresearch.ca/smart-meter-dangers-the-health-hazards-of-wireless-electromagnetic-radiation-exposure/31891
Smart Meter Refusal
This section has been updated and moved to the following page. http://www.emraware.com/opposition.html