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Mullumbimby Wi-Fi doubts

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One thing that should not escape notice with the proposed ‘free’ wi-fi in Mullum is that is it not strictly free. It is a commercial gateway that would expose subscribed users to tedious logons, paid advertising, and monitoring of their internet activity. This makes it unlikely many shopkeepers, who join the scheme for their customer hotspot, would not prefer to keep operating their own wireless modems for personal and business purposes. Hence radiation in the town will rise, not fall as the promoter claims. I challenge anyone to prove all this is not more about cornering the market than doing anything for the community.


Helen Burns, Byron Bay

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  1. I have been an electrician and TV antenna installer for 25 years so want to give a few facts to stew on.
    Mt Nardi TV transmitters output power is 200,000 watts.
    GSM mobile phone towers output is 100 watts.
    GSM mobile phone is 2 watts.
    Of course the distance from the transmitter is logarithmic equation to work out the power rating attenuation but I would be more worried by the power emitting from the Mt Nardi digital tv transmitters and your mobile phone than the Wi Fi network .
    I would also wear a ferrous helmet when walking or sleeping as the satellites gigahertz signals that give you GPS coordinates on your phone and car GPS is also entering your body 24/7.
    If you lively sleep in a CBD or Industrial Estate then you may have to worry as you will combining the 24/7 radiation from satellite,TV ,Wi Fi,Cordless phones.
    Don’t forget to turn off all electrical appliances in your house if you are really worried about radiation and EMFs.Dont live in Byron bay also as the place is alive with tailings from the sand mining in the 60s.Not sure of the best place to live to escape all the RF,EMF,Nuclear and the huge spectrum of other radiation but I would look to underground in White Cliffs NSW.

  2. Helen,
    If you didn’t make it to the consultation then you missed the discussion about how the proposal would operate. There would be a logon when you connect for the first time. You would then be taken to a sponsors page. From there you can go to Google or Facebook or where ever you want and you want see another ad to do with the project. You only need to login at the start of the session and sessions would last for several weeks. Information about users will not be collected and the service will remain anonymous. The main providers of Wi-Fi in Mullumbimby are the cafes and many of them are supportive of the plan as it means they will be able to offer a faster service to their customers and won’t be charged for the privilege.


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