Town full of people lives without cellphones, Wi-Fi to get signals from space

The National Science Foundation's Green Bank Telescope operated by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF

WEST VIRGINIA (NEWS10) – No cell phones, no Wi-Fi… not even a radio station. And that’s just how one town in West Virginia wants it.

The town of Green Bank doesn’t use personal technology because it’s listening to something else. It’s in the middle of the national radio quiet zone, home to the World’s largest movable radio telescope.

The telescope is trying to pick up faint signals from outer space, but that means people in this small town can’t have some modern conveniences.

“For the people in the immediate area of the telescope we need the quiet,” said Jay Lockman, National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

The town does have landlines and payphones, but microwave ovens have to be in protective steel boxes.

When a dollar general opened the automatic doors had to be removed because it was interfering with the telescope.