Sebastopol cancels Sonic.net's free Wi-Fi contract, citing health concerns

The city council of Sebastopol, home to tech publisher Tim O'Reilly, voted unanimously last week to cancel the city's agreement with Sonic.net allowing the company to set up a free Wi-Fi network. Why? Because a few residents complained of electromagnetic sensitivity. And by "residents" I mean "crazy nutjobs." O'Reilly's Dale Dougherty rounded up some typical comments:

I have had health challenges, and my body cannot handle wifi...it gives me headaches and makes me very sick. I would be unable to go to the store, shop. I have enough problems being limited in my travels, it is outrageous that a place so environmentally conscious would create this in our/my hometown. In Europe they are much more advanced than us, and there wifi is not allowed in cities in the European commonwealth.
If I touch a coathanger to my fillings and hold it at just the right angle, I can tune in to hear AT&T and Comcast executives cackling. (Original photo by Leslie Hunziker)