Downtown wireless

There are 10 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Aug 20, 2009, titled Downtown wireless. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

Calling it another facet in economic development, a free public wireless network is up and running in a swath of downtown Pittsfield.

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Since: Aug 08

Pittsfield

#1 Aug 21, 2009
I think this is a great idea. It won't make me visit downtown more frequesntly, but it is a nice service to those who may need it.
Steve R

United States

#2 Aug 21, 2009
It's important for everyone to have access to the internet - as important as rural electrification.

Wireless however, is not ideal for a number of reasons, the most serious ofwhich are the documented health consequences of long-term exposure: http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/index.htm
Sanity

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#3 Aug 21, 2009
Steve R wrote:
It's important for everyone to have access to the internet - as important as rural electrification.
Wireless however, is not ideal for a number of reasons, the most serious ofwhich are the documented health consequences of long-term exposure: http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/index.htm
The EMF scare has been thoroughly debunked, by WHO, NRC, and numerous studies. The real scary part about EMF is how little the general population understands physics (and science in general) and can easily be fooled by anecdotal stories.
http://www.skepdic.com/emf.html
Insanity

West Stockbridge, MA

#4 Aug 21, 2009
Three things:

1. I'm surprised that this project is championed as a move for economic development since, as I understand it, the city chose to pay an eastern Mass. company to develop the network. Anyone have any more information on this? Isn't Richmond Networx in downtown Pittsfield? What about other local businesses?

2. Has anyone read the Verizon Terms of Service? This network is in a grey area. Hopefully, they don't try and shut the network down. It would fuel our love to hate the big telco!

2. In regards to wireless as a health threat...
"People react to fear, not love; they don't teach that in Sunday School, but it's true." Richard M. Nixon
just me

San Antonio, TX

#5 Aug 21, 2009
whats next give free phone service to the downtown merchants in a hope that maybe they will dial 911 when witnessing a drug deal. NOT VERY LIKELY seems how most crack dealers are their best customers.
Brandon Vera

Adams, MA

#6 Aug 22, 2009
just me wrote:
whats next give free phone service to the downtown merchants in a hope that maybe they will dial 911 when witnessing a drug deal. NOT VERY LIKELY seems how most crack dealers are their best customers.
Yeah. It is just you.
Steve R

United States

#7 Aug 27, 2009
Sanity wrote:
<quoted text>
The EMF scare has been thoroughly debunked, by WHO, NRC, and numerous studies. The real scary part about EMF is how little the general population understands physics (and science in general) and can easily be fooled by anecdotal stories.
http://www.skepdic.com/emf.html
Actually, it has never been thoroughly debunked, but there is alarming scientific research (inconvenient as it is) that shows EMFs likely promote (not necessarily cause) certain types of cancer, and the physiological effects of EMFs on cells in vitro are widely accepted. There is also evidence of suppression of research, coersion of researches and serious research design flaws in studies proving they are safe. No surprise there, since the acceptance of the science would create a situation for telecoms and electric companies not unlike the tobacco and asbestos liabilities.

Of course, I am not basing my opinion on anecdotal stories, and by the same token, hope others are not basing theirs on their friends telling them "WiFi is totally safe."

Here are some links to real scientific info, including a report with irrefutable evidence from an international panel released just two days ago:
http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/...
http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/index.htm

Since: Jan 09

Adams, MA

#8 Aug 27, 2009
Brandon Vera wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah. It is just you.
No,I agree with "just me", so it's me too.

Since: Jan 09

Adams, MA

#9 Aug 27, 2009
Now that the city has gone wireless, does the mayor think we can go gunless and knifeless and maybe old person mugging-less or maybe floodless at Wahconah Park or maye just violent crime-less?
FAF

Houston, TX

#10 Feb 4, 2010
Does anyone know if the new arts center on Gifford will become part of the "wireless village"?

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