Most people have likely never heard of Lakehead University, a small school in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, but a new policy that they have announced is turning heads around the world. They have decided against offering wireless internet access campus wide because of health concerns. The president of the school fears that the electromagnetic forces of a Wi-Fi system could be harmful to the health of students.
Lakehead currently only has wireless access in a few areas on the campus where fiber-optic internet connections aren’t available. Fred Gilbert, the president, says “The jury is still out on the impact that electromagnetic forces have on human physiology.” He says that the policy will not change while he is still president. The decision has been described by school officials as ‘a personal decision’.
Needless to say, the decision has caused a backlash. Both students and Canadian health authorities downplay the risks. Student leaders say that students ‘really, really’ want Wi-Fi service on campus.