The cities of Ravensburg and Wangen im Allgäu want to switch off their public WiFi at night. This is intended to save electricity and allow electrosensitive people to sleep better. The cities also hope that fewer people will take to the streets at night.
Many German cities offer free WiFi in public places. So also Ravensburg and Wangen im Allgäu. But that should soon be over – at least at night. From 11 p.m. Wangen wants to switch off the WLAN in the future, as reported by “itopnews” and “SWR”, among others. A citizens’ initiative would have suggested this, it is said. Ravensburg wants to follow suit.
No more WiFi at night: Cities are hoping for three main advantages
- Switching off saves electricity.
- Electrosensitive people could sleep better at night. People who say they can perceive electric or magnetic fields are called electrosensitive. However, there is no scientific proof of this.
- The cities hope that fewer people will be out on the streets at night, thereby avoiding noise.
At the request of “SWR”, the City Association of Baden-Württemberg stated that it was not aware of other cities shutting down public Internet access at night.