To allow wireless masts or not?
Plans to use an 8 metre tall mast in the grounds of a Scottish school to provide better broadband access for the school almost failed due to the objections of a SNP councillor on health grounds.
The mast appears to be a point to point wireless link, and we suspect that at some point in the discussion the word 'microwave' was mentioned and visions of slowly cooking pupils due to the impression that any microwave signal can cook just like a microwave oven.
A report on the mast at Longside Primary School is available on the Aberdeenshire council website. This reveals that the mast is part of an on going programme to improve broadband connectivity to schools in the county since 2011 and some 190 schools are already benefiting from the project.
The report does suggest that the mast will 'allow the Council to meet targets for provision of superfast broadband in rural areas but since the antenna appears to be a point to point design, unless the mast gets used as backhaul link for the homes in the area we don't see it fitting into the Scottish broadband improvement plans for homes and businesses.