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12 December 2015

West Virginia: Green Bank: The American Town Banning Cell Phones and Wi-Fi

The American Town Banning Cell Phones and Wi-Fi (30 July 2015, 7 min.)


This Town Banned Cellphones and Wi-Fi to Better Search for Alien Life
by Katie Felber, magazine.good.is, 9 December 2015

Ever wish you could live in a small rural town specifically tailored to support the search for alien life, à la Jodie Foster’s Contact? No? Just me?

Meet the small West Virginian town dubbed “The Quietest Place in America.” It contains 13,000 square miles of cellphone-free airwaves and restricted Wi-Fi access. Created in 1958 to protect telescopes from potentially harmful electromagnetic waves, this area is known as the U.S. National Radio Quiet Zone— and it is both the coolest and the eeriest place in the United States.

Almost like a time capsule, the city itself is home to the Green Bank Telescope, the world’s largest steerable radio telescope, standing 450 feet tall with a surface area of 328 by 360 feet (that’s two football fields). Until 2021, the telescope will be part of the biggest scientific search ever for proof of extraterrestrial life, scanning 85 percent of the celestial sphere.

Aside from pioneering the search for remote space activity, the Quietest Place in America is also a haven for people who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity. If you’re a fan of Breaking Bad and its spin-off, Better Call Saul, you’ll recognize this term from the character Chuck McGill, who claims to suffer from the condition.

Either way, this small town is simultaneously a unique portal into pre-industrial times and a potential launchpad into a very advanced future:

Katie Felber MORE INFO

Katie Felber is a writer, comedian, and rapper based in Los Angeles by way of the Pleiades star cluster nearly 444.2 light years away. She first interned for GOOD back in '07 and made her mark by keeping the office stocked with tons of organic and affordable snacks. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2010 with a B.A. in Rhetoric and Film Studies, she spent a couple years in the trenches of Hollywood producing comedy and avoiding reptilian shapeshifters at all costs. Her writing has been featured in Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, several hundred napkins in the Bay Area, and now recently, GOOD! When she is not pondering the philosophical distribution of space in Yogurtland and other mainstream food chains, she can be found alone in her room, blasting thousands of snapchats out to her wide network of virtual friends, or hitting up doctors on Tinder for free medical advice.


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