Assessing Health Concerns
The National Broadband Network is the next generation that reflects the future on most cities and economies. This is because it provides excellent opportunity to a fast, reliable, and easily accessible Internet to homes and businesses. The first step of enjoying the privileges that comes with excellent Internet of basically a digital economy is building of the NBN powers. For instance, the building of the three national towers in Halls Gap, Moyson, and Promonal will not only benefit the regions economically but also open up the regions for great investment opportunities. However, there are multiple oppositions that exist towards these great ideas and most of them are related to the health concerns that come with the projects. The community in the regions beginning with families, schools and politicians may carry out multiple debates against this project, but the truth is that most of these arguments are not scientifically supported or they do not have scientific prove. In fact, most of the existing arguments against the possible dangers of building NBN in a community are based on the social responsibility that those involved in building of the project have to the community. There are multiple cases that NBN project has failed at the construction level purely, because the community does not approve it. Therefore, it is essential to understand the actual facts of the projects before any conclusions can be made (Rodgers 34).
Most people want to enjoy the benefits of NBN without incurring any cost (Hansard 14). The existing arguments against NBN projects are mainly on the health concerns, noise, the huge sizes of the towers, hence blocking goods views and the land usage of the projects. These are arguments which are either not true or simply can not equate to the great benefits that come along with the projects. To begin with we should rule out the existing arguments of view, blockage of the towers, as well as land consumption, because these are merely weak counter arguments which should hinder a community of enjoying the benefits of technological advancement. However, we should focus on the main argument of the NBN being a health hazards. According to multiple researches, specifically by engineers, researchers, and medical practitioners such as World Health Organization researchers, Andrew Wilkie and NBN engineers, NBN towers are wireless and emit radiations that are of too small fractions to cause any safety concerns. In fact, the electromagnetic energy emitted by the towers is much less than that which is emitted by a television or a radio broadcast. It is also worth noting that the safety standards of the NBN towers is in accordance to the international safety standards recommended by World Health Organization.
There are multiple possible solutions to reducing the negative effects that do exist in the construction of broadband towers. Most of these health hazards relate to radiation emitted from towers which high amounts can cause serious damage to humans, birds, animals and the environment. Though broad band towers emit less as low as 0.0001 W/m of radiation which is less harmful according to medical research (WHO) precaution measures are still being carried out. For instance, allowing building of multiple towers will reduce the amount of power density required from one tower. As a result, reducing power density will mean that power amplifiers will not be used, heating effect will also be reduced hence no cooling systems will be required. Reducing these two processes has made the broadband technology efficient and highly dependent on solar panels. Most health concerns relating to the tower project assume that carbon emission will exist when the project kick of but engineers in this filed have stopped using diesel generators which are a major source of carbon emission. Rather than improving the technological part of the broadband towers to counter the existing risks of health concerns, physical improvements have also been done. Self certification of building broadband towers has been abolished in almost all states meaning that measurements are monitored by a third party that is trustworthy. By doing broadband towers size and shape has significantly improved to embrace the needs of the community. For instance, the three towers will not be built to block major views of the dwellers as well as the shape at times can be that of a tree to assist in reducing environmental concerns.
NBN is the biggest telecommunication reform in most countries that including Moyston, Promonal and Hall Gap town which have the opportunity of experiencing this reform (Comer 32). Embracing NBN towers to be built will mean that the towns will drastically improve infrastructure, have great retail competition and provide families and business with more choices. People leaving in these three towns will have access to advanced and quick medical treatment, students will have an excellent opportunity to expand their learning due to the accessibility of education materials and research equipment engineered by high speed broadband and also the regional businesses will be able to enjoy online presence thus making it possible to compete in the connected world.
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Hansard , Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network, Parliament of Australia, 2011. retrieved 2 June 2013
Rodgers, Emma ( 2010), Big gig: NBN to be 10 times faster, ABC News, retrieved 2, June 2013