The U.S. Town With No Cell Phones or Wi-Fi

Pocahontas County in West Virginia falls within the National Radio Quiet Zone. It’s home to quiet country living, friendly people, and one of the most impressive engineering marvels in the world—the Green Bank Telescope. The GBT measures radio waves from throughout the universe, but due to the telescope’s extreme sensitivity, any operating wireless device can have a negative effect on its observations. But to the people who live in the NRQZ, the restrictions and the quiet, peaceful life that comes with them are welcome.

Watch a video about the GBT, the largest fully steerable telescope in the world:

Read more about the Green Bank Telescope and National Radio Quiet Zone:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141010-radio-telescope-green-bank-west-virginia-astronomy/

PRODUCER & VIDEOGRAPHER: Jason Kurtis
FIELD PRODUCER: Sasha Ingber
EDITOR: Nick Lunn
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20 Responses to The U.S. Town With No Cell Phones or Wi-Fi

  1. Jack Hung says:

    The fact of the matter is cell phones are a relatively new invention and we don't yet know the long term multigenerational effects they can have on our health.

    Wifi however, whether or not you like Isreal you cannot deny that they are fervent about protecting their people/tribe. Isreal has banned the use of wifi in schools(look it up) because of the negative impact it can have on the developing brains of children. With that being said it isn't an outrageous conclusion to come to that if it's negatively impacting the development of a child's brain, it probably isn't good for the any human brain. The fact of the matter is that the current evidence at hand attests to the likelihood that wifi is a health risk.

  2. David Dixon says:

    Perfect! If I live there I'll finally get to talk to my wife. :D

  3. Blitz Gaming says:

    No internet….
    Oh god…
    rocks back in forth in a corner

  4. boildpeanuts says:

    Million dollar bet that they also got one of the darkest night skies east of the Mississippi River in that same area, perfect for viewing the Milky Way in all it's splendid glory!

  5. CNL _ says:

    sounds like the perfect excuse to sit in front of a computer all day long.

  6. steel1583 says:

    I'd like to know if there is any research about people life expectancy in this radiation free area. I am convinced (just my opinion) that life is a lot healthier there than in cities for 2 main reasons: 1) radiations are not good for health in the long term (in an apartment you receive 10-20 wi-fi from the neighbourhood plus the cell phone network, plus tv and computers…); 2) The lack of cellphones and wire free devices, beyond the benefit of no radiations, has an impact on the lifestyle. These people MOVE more, DO more (using hands and body) and INTERACT more with other people than the average citizen. Are you thinking that through the internet people can interact too? Not im my opinion. We all have our NEEDS (physiologic and social ones). They shape our behaviour and are SATISFIED also by the interaction with other persons. A satisfying interaction can ONLY happen in real, not virtually. Why? Because the 70% of the interaction consists in NON VERBAL communication (posture, voice, gesture, attitude, emotions). The weight of what we say (language) counts only for the 30% of the message. An "office" employee works 8-10 hours per day SITTING in the office in front of a COMPUTER. Then he goes home (little walk, he'll use car and/or public transport) and again he can "evade" from the reality via his computer desktop, notebook, tablet, smartphone, filling his body with radiations also during the night (neighbours don't turn off the wi-fi at night). So, people living in the free radiation zone will be HEALTHIER and HAPPIER.

  7. sl9sl9 says:

    Great place if your name happens to be Charles ''Chuck'' McGill of HHM…

  8. pablo barrera says:

    they will not watch this

  9. sfr rmn says:

    Typical muricans. There's countries out there with no landlines let alone cellphones. Maybe they need to read more and they'll figure out there not the only people living on earth.

  10. ricerust says:

    so its jus wireless ther talking bout so they stil get internet

  11. robbie cooper says:

    No internet means no YouTube oh shit and no porn

  12. The Truth says:

    no wifi means no fountain of knowledge, these people probably are all serious Christians who think that the bible is true

  13. Bad Air Day New York says:

    When I visited WV, I found the people have a culture of respect and natural intelligence. It's a crime they are blowing up the mountains with MTR in the south. WV is a national treasure. The people there deserve a decent economy based on jobs that will not destroy the place.

  14. ‫وديع الصوت‬‎ says:

    how lucky people

  15. indypup says:

    The blonde girl was hot. 😉 That would be the only reason for me to live there!

  16. Lars Johansson says:

    Wonderful!!!

  17. Jacob Foe says:

    The best part about this is I live this life every day… It's annoying but you get used to it

  18. Question MK-Question says:

    I wish I could live there..

  19. MrOodlesnNoodle 'JL' says:

    great place to hide if you're a fugitive… just saying lol

  20. Kurt Elliott says:

    If they came here I do not think they would find a payphone.