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CALIFORNIA: Sebastopol CA terminates contract for free city wide Wi-Fi. On Tuesday March 18 the council unanimously terminated the contract, risking a lawsuit because they were educated about the health issues, were presented with current science and heard the concerns of electrosensitives.

Sábado 22 de marzo de 2008 · 1183 lecturas

Sebastopol CA terminates contract for free city wide Wi-Fi

Unbelievably: our City council voted unanimously to terminate an existing contract for free city wide wi-fi offered by a local internet provider.

Sebastopol signed a contract (Nov 2007) with a local internet company to allow the free wi-fi to be installed throughout the downtown and wherever a consumer asked for it. (City wide) On Tuesday March 18 the council unanimously terminated the contract, risking a lawsuit because they were educated about the health issues, were presented with current science and heard the concerns of electrosensitives. 500 people including many seniors from a local senior housing community and health educators, businesses, doctors signed a petition opposing wi-fi. The internet CEO spoke after the council’s decision and he gave them verbal reassurance that he would not file a lawsuit.

At the hearing, Four out of five council members were present. There were at least 12 people who spoke to the council opposing the contract and one spoke in favor. Dr. Jeff Fawcett presented science as did Dr. Robert Rowen. A business owner spoke common sense about not wanting wi-fi in his restaurant and about valuing communication, person to person. Several of us presented personal ES stories. I also presented the wi-fi disclaimer between the internet provider and the city of Petaluma that illustrated free wi-fi was a hazardous security risk for users as proof that this was not an "equal access for all" solution. Sandy Tate represented the 72 seniors who signed a petition asking for no wi-fi on their community room. Together we had 500 signatures asking for no wi-fi. The Bioinitiative Report was talked about and the council was asked, did they watch the DVD we made for them. Two said they watched it.

The council deliberated briefly. The mayor asked to postpone it for a month and then the two sympathetic carried it through requesting a terminated contract despite the risk of a lawsuit. The rest of the council followed. One council member thanked us for educating the council and considered her early decision a hasty one. She said she is taking steps to reduce her and her daughter’s RF exposure.

When they voted unanimously I was so stunned, yet overwhelmingly grateful, and very relieved.

Sandi Maurer

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