Peter Nielsen, Byron Bay The proposer of townwide wi-fi for Mullumbimby was asked repeatedly, before and during the community consultation meeting, to provide sufficient details to back up his claim of lower net radiation. This did not eventuate, and was one of the reasons for lack of acceptance on the night.
The touted infrastructure-sharing agreement with NBN Co was similarly unsupported. His letter to The Echo implied the meeting (he organised) was not representative. This overlooks the fact that he had months to mobilise his own supporters.
Mentioning the Russian safety limit is a furphy. Routers operate well below that anyway. The relevant issue is that peer-reviewed science routinely shows adverse biological and health effects at far lower levels.
There is no guarantee current wi-fi users will want to buy into his proprietary, ad-sponsored agenda. It is also technically infeasible to adequately service the existing area with fewer routers without boosting their power output.
What we could wind up with is a parallel network that has a sequestered customer base, helps sell computers, and spews higher levels of microwave radiation further afield.
Peter Nielsen, Byron Bay