Italie: Turin could slash Wi-Fi over 'radiation' concerns

woensdag, 27 juli 2016 - Categorie: Berichten Internationaal

25 juli 2016

Turin is planning to cut back on Wi-Fi in state schools and government buildings over concerns that radiation might damage people's health.

The plans were outlined last week as the city's new new Five Star Movement (M5S) mayor, Chiara Appendino, presented her council's five-year political plan.

“We're aware that we need to consider electromagnetic radiation when we speak about pollution,” reads page 23 of the council's programme. .

“We would like to take all precautions necessary and ask all public structures to work to reduce the volume of emissions and while guaranteeing connectivity for citizens.”

Details of the plans emerge just days after Appendino hit headlines for her proposals to reduce citizens meat consumption over he next five years, by teaching the benefits of a vegan or vegetarian diet in Turin's schools.

As news of the councils ambitions circulated, Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi couldn't resist the opportunity to mock the M5S over the plans, in a bid to land a blow against his party's main rival at the polls.

“While certain people are out there insisting Wi-Fi is harmful, our government has been busy striking deals with Amazon, Apple and Cisco,” Renzi told reporters on Friday evening, after meeting with Amazon chief Jeff Bezos to discuss a new €150 million Amazon hub in Lazio.

In the wake of criticism, Appendino took to Twitter to defend herself, saying at no point did the council's plans state Wi-Fi emissions were 'harmful'.

While she hopes to get rid of 'superfluous' emissions, Appendino highlighted that the council's plans also promise to 'ensure high speed-broadband was available throughout the city.'

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