France National Library (BNF) is giving up Wi-Fi
Posted by seumasach on May 22, 2008
Paris, April 3, 2008. (NEXT UP)
BNF has decided to give up the Wi-Fi installation for a wired connection.
Originally, this plan was prospecting the help of a private company, which for an installation
free of charge could serve a part of the area around the Tolbiac site, was questioned by the
FSU section of BNF and supported by other union sections.
The trade unions, after they discover the health effects of Wi-Fi and of electromagnetic wave
radiations, rest on an American research study “Lee & AI” proving the genotoxic effects of
2450 MHz waves (used by Wi-Fi) on the Bio Initiative report produced by 14 international
scientists who concluded to a regulation revision about electromagnetic waves exposure and
a Clermont-Ferrand research study.
The unions organisation took support on a CHS of culture matters management CHS of the
Paris city that was voting for advising the principle of a Wi-Fi moratoria in the libraries of
Paris at the request of the Supap-FSU Parisian syndicate.
The decision taken by BNF is the firth and it shows that the wired connection is a credible
solution in regards to the Wi-Fi’s one. This wired connection was previously proposed to the
Paris City by Supap-FSU and “Priartem” and “Agir pour l’environnement” associations. BNF
set back this proposition at the agenda.
Moreover, the Sainte Genviève Library (ParisV) staff has written a petition asking to
disconnect the Wi-Fi terminals already installed and their replacement with a wired
connection. For information, Sainte-Geneviève Library is equipped with public Internet
For what concerns the CHS of Censier-Sorbonne new university (ParisV) it was decided to
disconnect a Wi-Fi terminal situated near a working place. The doctor of this instance was
asking a follow up of their people at risk.
The FSU – BNF and supap-FSU unions are inviting the politic, university and cultural officials
to reconsider the massive and systematic use of Wi-Fi and replace it by a general use of a
wired connection. They are asking as well a discussion on the finality of such technology in
university public reading rooms and patrimonial libraries.
The syndicate of union of syndic federation :
Section FSU de la Bibliothèque nationale de France : Jean-François Besançon 01 53 79 49 04
Supap-FSU : Bertrand Pieri 01 44 70 12 80 (82)