Wireless internet technology (also known by its trademark name Wi-Fi) initially was conceived in the mid 1980s but only came into widespread use in the mid-2000s, most notably as part of municipal free-internet projects (e.g. Toronto Hydro OneZone.) Today, wireless internet is ubiquitous in homes, hotels, airports, and public institutions such as schools, libraries and long-term care homes.
The recent proliferation of Wi-Fi devices has increased concerns about potential effects of RF exposure on human health and raised questions as to whether exposure limits set on the basis of tissue heating are sufficiently protective. This document considers Wi-Fi exposures in context with other current sources of RF exposure and recent reviews of health outcomes research on RF exposures.
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