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Re: “Towering Hazard

Reading the "Towering Hazard" story, I was interested what the issues are on the specific type of WLAN RF freq 92.5GHz) that Clearwire is using in Boise and elsewhere in the nation as city-wide WLANs. However, after a brief mention of a "proposed wireless Internet antenna" in the second paragraph, the author ends up spending the rest of his "column inches" talking about cell phone/tower RF issues. The author and the woman quoted in the article do not seem to quite know what RF spectrum they are concerned about, so, here is my “non-expert" short summary (note MHz and GHz ARE different, a gig is bigger than a meg!). •Cell phones operate at frequencies around either 850MHz or 1900 MHz (in the USA) •Hot spot type Wi-Fi operates on unlicensed 2.4GHz frequencies •Clearwire WLAN Internet operates at licensed 2.5GHz frequencies. At least the author of this mess of an article (a BSU professor) could have done a bit more research and focused the story on the specific RF band that Clearwire is using and that RF band is not the same as what is used for cell phone towers. As to safety and human exposure issues, the author could have included a cite to the FCC site at: FCC source for info on RF, Cell phones and Base Stations http://www.fcc.gov/oet/rfsafety/rf-faqs.html#Q15 Boise weekly, you owe me a double-shot coffee at Starbucks this info and then get a refund from David Wollheim for his off-point story! And, in 30 years, if I find that drinking double shot coffee at Starbucks is melting my brain instead of cell towers...then I am in deep dodo...g

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Posted by Greg Lind on 04/26/2008 at 8:38 PM

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