Plans to install a Wi-Fi network in an Illinois school have been halted due to a lawsuit by parents alleging health concerns. As with concerns about the health impact of 3G, there's little research that confirms or disputes such claims. That hasn't stopped a group of parents in Illinois from suing the school for planning to install a WLAN without consulting parents in the community. The filing itself
alleges that there's a "substantial and growing body of scientific literature studying and outlining the serious health risks that exposure to low intensity, but high radio frequency ("RF") poses to human beings, particularly children."
An interesting discussion has developed over at Wi-Fi networking news
. There are those who argue Wi-Fi gear emits less radiation than cell phones, microwaves, or baby monitors. Others suggest there's simply not enough research to warrant such concerns. Of course there is some who avoid wireless technology altogether. In the end, the school district's coffers will probably suffer more harm than the students would have under a bombardment of Wi-Fi signals.