In order to realize his satellite internet project Starlink, Elon Musk has to install antennas all over the world. But in a small village in northern France it sounds resolutely “no”.
With Starlink, the Tesla boss wants to offer people all over the world access to fast broadband internet without cables. But Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron, a village in northern France with about 350 inhabitants, is opposed to plans to place a station with antennas in a field.
“As a precaution, the city council said ‘no’ in a meeting without a vote,” said Noémie Brault, the 34-year-old deputy mayor of the village just 20 kilometers from Mont Saint-Michel. “This project is completely new. We have no idea of the consequences of these signals. ”
Nine dome antennas
With his space company SpaceX, Musk wants to buy three hectares of agricultural land in the French village in order to install nine three-meter dome antennas. They would then be connected to the now more than 1,000 Starlink satellites in space.
Starlink submitted applications for four stations in France. The French National Frequency Agency (ANFR), which manages the radio frequencies in the country, has approved three of these projects: two in the southwest and one in the north of the country. According to the agency, they do not pose a danger to the population.
However, Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron is the only village that opposes Musk’s project. The city council already submitted a “decree of resistance” against the construction of the station in December.
“We are concerned because we have no data (about the possible consequences, ed.) for human and animal health. We are a municipality with many farmers ”, says Brault, a farmer herself. “When you see that he (Elon Musk, ed.) wants to implant chips in people’s brains, that’s scary. ”
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