Santa Fe has long been and continues to be a tolerant and open community. Not only are residents largely accepting of the quirks of their neighbors (with some noisy exceptions), but government is open to the concerns of the citizenry, however removed from the mainstream.

In early 2007, a group of "electro-sensitive activists" coalesced in opposition to use of Wi-Fi (wireless internet) technology at city hall, in public libraries and on the downtown Plaza. As a result, city hall turns off its Wi-Fi network when public meetings are held and wireless connectivity on the Plaza remains either a dream or a nightmare, depending on one's perspective.

The public libraries continue to provide free Wi-Fi and continue to be the only point of internet accessibility for many citizens.

More recently, the issue has come into sharper public dialogue as Wi-Fi foes rallied around the film Full Signal, continued to claim that municipal Wi-Fi networks violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, cast suspicion on digital television broadcasts and battle with with revisions to Santa Fe's telecommunications ordinance. Concern about the effects of "electrosmog" or "electronic pollution"—catch all phrases that include cellular telephones and towers, power lines, Wi-Fi and other forms of measurable electronic radiation—is gaining ground in Santa Fe.

At the same time, a series of investigative reports, opinion columns and responsible blog posts have indicated that concerns about "electrosmog" are radically overblown and argued that no legitimate studies yet show any correlation with negative effects on human health. Below is a list of articles and resources related to the issue. What do you think, Santa Fe?

What Science Really Knows About Wi-Fi


From science writer George Johnson's blog, Santa Fe Review

Zane's World

04.16.2008: How necessary is the Neighborhood Conservation District ordinance? Heavy resistance to free Wi-Fi continues and the grocery bag tax...


05.16.2007: Activists question Wi-Fi safety.

05.17.2007: A short piece in this week's Reporter on the wireless Internet "controversy" is a big improvement over the embarrassing take in the New Mexican. From science writer George Johnson's blog, Santa Fe Review.

Tuned Out


Wi-Fi foes raise fears about the transition to digital television. But such fears fizzle in the face of facts.

Red Meat For Wi-fi Woo-Woo


FDA to discuss wave effects on tissue.

There's No App For That


"Electrosensitive" activist sues to stop neighbor's iPhone use.

iPhoned Home


Local artist Raphaela Monribot may be the first person to face a $530,000 lawsuit for using her iPhone. Monribot was named in a lawsuit filed Jan. 4 in the 1st Judicial District Court in Santa Fe by her friend and neighbor, Arthur Firstenberg.

Electromania Part One


From science writer George Johnson's blog, Santa Fe Review.

Electromania Part Two


From science writer George Johnson's blog, Santa Fe Review.

Zane's World


What if the anti-antenna activists are right about Wi-Fi rotting our brains? Western, industrialized civilization with its banking scandals, factory farming, military industrial complexes, colonialism, energy consumption, spectacle-based society and technology fetishism would die a horrible, self-inflicted, tumor-riddled death. So, why are they opposing it?

Electromania Part Three


From science writer George Johnson's blog, Santa Fe Review.

Free Tinfoil Hat With Every Subscription


The New Mex fails its readers and enables con artists

Judge Delays Ruling On Wi-Fi Lawsuit


Recently appointed First Judicial District Judge Sarah Singleton delayed ruling today on the

of a local anti-wi-fi activist who sued his neighbor to stop her use of an iPhone and wireless internet.

Also: Bridge for Sale


Business is booming for those selling devices that promise protection from cell phones, Wi-Fi and other sources of EMF, or electromagnetic fields. In a warehouse off Rufina Street, not far from an industrial park, there is a showroom for “state-of-the-art products for a healthier lifestyle.”

Judge Denies Injunction Over Neighbor's Wi-Fi


Judge Singleton broadly rules that Firstenberg is unlikely to prevail on the merits of his claim, because he has failed to prove that Monribot's home electronics are the specific cause of his symptoms.