University bans Wi-Fi over cancer fears


University bans Wi-Fi over cancer fears

Antony Savvas

A Canadian university has banned the use of Wi-Fi on campus through fears that the electromagnetic forces generated could cause cancer.

Lakehead University in Ontario said that studies had shown that Wi-Fi could cause cancer in animals and that the threat to humans had not been disproved.

Lakehead said it will instead deliver internet access to students through wired connections only, despite the fact that colleges in North America and Europe are increasingly adopting Wi-Fi to easily deliver universal access to students.

The university denied its decision would have a detrimental effect on its students, saying they had internet cafes and various other campus locations at their disposal to access the internet from.

Microsoft is rolling out one of the world’s largest corporate Wi-Fi networks at its offices internationally, and the Canary Wharf development in London’s Docklands recently said it would roll-out Europe’s biggest public Wi-Fi networks.

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