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

  • metta

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    Oct 19, 2014 6:52 AM GMT
    National Radio Quiet Zone


    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.



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    Oct 19, 2014 12:53 PM GMT
    metta8 saidNational Radio Quiet Zone


    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.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTVLJeRQS5c


    Thanks metta8! I can always count on you for good diverse news stories,, very interesting read.
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    Oct 19, 2014 2:07 PM GMT
    I work in wireless infrastructure and that is not the only "quiet zone" out there. Sounds like a great vacation spot but I would eventually start to twitch LOL.

    We visit a place in Vermont where the village center is intentionally a "Dead zone" ... the locals don't want their 19th century-era main street populated with tourists staring at their phones. Fortunately the hotel has wifi (see above).
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    Oct 19, 2014 4:57 PM GMT
    The lunch room in my office is a dead zone
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    Oct 19, 2014 5:03 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidThe lunch room in my office is a dead zone


    It is hard to propagate good signal in the interiors of buildings... the glass reflects it from the outside and the layers of concrete and drywall eat it up. Especially bad in high-rises because the public network is aimed at the street.

    We install antenna systems in high-rises, stadiums, airports, etc., for this reason. We do it sometimes for corporate customers in exchange for an agreement to maintain a number of lines of service for an amount of time.
  • FRE0

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    Oct 19, 2014 8:42 PM GMT
    Hillsboro, NM, also has no cell 'phone service, but I couldn't say about WiFi.


    http://www.hillsboronm.com

    http://www.nmgastronome.com/?p=150

    I discovered Hillsboro by accident. I was riding my motorcycle from Albuquerque to Silver City to test out my new hard luggage. I stopped in Hillsboro and asked where the nearest gas station was. When I was told that there wasn't one, I asked what I should do because I was low on fuel and thought that I couldn't make it to a gas station in another town. Someone sold be enough gas to get to Silver City.

    In the way back to Albuquerque, I stopped in Hillsboro for lunch. It's population is only about 300. One might expect it to be a boring hick town, but that would be a mistake. The population consists mainly of retired professional people, including doctors, lawyers, judges, teachers, clergy, etc. The former lieutenant governor of NM even has a home there.

    At lunch, I met a very interesting and friendly retired couple who told me more about Hillsboro. They invited me to stop there again sometime. The village has a B & B, a couple hotels, restaurants, etc. It's in a heavily wooded area and there are many interesting places for hiking.