To realize his dream of a satellite-powered Internet, technology billionaire Elon Musk needs to install antennas all over the world. In northern France, a village wanted him to decide to move these antennas away.
Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron, with a population of 350, was very excited and was not selected as the ground station for Musk’s Starlink project for space broadband.
“This project is brand new. We don’t know anything about the effects of these signals.” said Noemie Brault, a 34-year-old deputy mayor of the village, who is only 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the majestic city of Mont Saint-Monte Michel Abbey on the English Channel.
She explained: “As a preventive measure, the city council rejected it.”
Musk, the founder of SpaceX and electric car maker Tesla, plans to deploy thousands of satellites to provide fast internet to remote areas around the world.
He fought fierce battles with Amazon’s billionaire Jeff Bezos and London-based startup OneWeb.
The antenna on the ground will capture the signal and relay it to various user terminals connected by cables.
Starlink’s contractor has obtained approval from the French regulatory agency to install nine “radomes” (three-meter-high (10-foot) globes that protect antennas) at Saint-Senier, one of the four planned sites in France.
In December, Saint-Senier issued a decree prohibiting construction in the wild.
But the refusal was based on technicality. Contractor Sipartech told AFP that it plans to resubmit its request, and the committee may not be able to stop it.
Blout said: “That worries us because we don’t have data.” These signals will eventually affect the health of humans or animals.
When talking about Musk’s Neuralink project, she said: “It’s frightening when you hear that he wants to put a chip in people’s brains.”
“Not a technology phobia”
The Green Party member and retired farmer Francois Dufour said he thinks residents have reason to worry.
He said: “The risks brought by electromagnetic waves are the high-voltage power lines that we have seen. High-voltage power lines disturb many farmers in the area.
In addition, “social networks, the Internet already exists-why do we need to find the Internet on the moon?” he said.
The French National Radio Frequency Agency (ANFR) approved Starlink’s radio stations, stating that they will not pose any danger to residents, especially because they will launch directly into the sky.
It added that since the first satellite launch 50 years ago, France has had about 100 similar locations.
This did not convince the 57-year-old Jean-Marc Belloir that his cows would start to produce less milk.
Belorille said: “On our farm, we are always online. My cows are connected; my smart watch will warn me when calving.” “But when you see the range of these antennas, you must Do some research on the potential impact”.
Nevertheless, he baptized his latest calf “SpaceX du Beuvron”, combining Musk’s company with the name of the creek that runs through his village.
“We are not attacking Elon Musk,” Anne-Marie Falguieres, who is only 60 meters away from the future Interstellar Station, lives with her husband and two children.
“We are not technology phobia. I am a guide in the Bay Area. I have an Internet site and my husband works from home. But these antennas are brand new, at least in France. We want to know if they are dangerous.” She Say.
She also believes that according to reports in the United States, the project is almost unnecessary and will not arouse the interest of many people.
She said: “During the testing phase, they made you pay 500 US dollars (about 36,200 rupees) for this dish, and then you have to pay 100 US dollars (about 7,250 rupees) a monthly subscription fee,” she said. “I don’t think everyone can pay.”
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