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WiFi facilities in Norwich diocese

25 May 2011


From Mr Michael Bevington

Sir, — I am horrified to hear that the diocese of Norwich has agreed to help parishes provide WiFi from church towers, under their WiSpire project. For people already sensitised to WiFi radiation, like me, it is a disaster. For vulnerable sections of the general population, such as children, it poses long-term health threats.

In April 2011, a leading scientific committee of the Council of Europe voted unanimously that WiFi should be banned from schools because of the long-term health dangers. Although the UK still follows radiation safety limits based on short-term heating risks for a healthy adult male averaged over six minutes, the European Parliament in 2009 declared these limits “obsolete”.

I feel that the church should seek to welcome and protect the vulnerable and those disabled from sensitisation to WiFi, not harm them or drive them away. Besides, some insurance companies are apparently refusing to cover similar known radiation risks; so in the long term it may also be an expensive mistake.

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