Bar none, and we mean none

Then again, there’s a reason for it other than a failure by your miserable wireless provider:

Green Bank, W. Va, is a tech-savvy teenager’s nightmare. In this tiny town in Pocahontas County — population 143 — wireless signals are illegal. No cell phones. No WiFi. No radio. No Bluetooth. No electronic transmitters at all. You’re not even allowed to cozy up to an electric blanket.

The remote town is smack in the center of the National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000 square mile stretch of land designated by the Federal Communications Commission to protect two government radio telescopes from man-made interference. The rules, though, are most strict in Green Bank’s neck of the woods. So strict, actually, that a policeman roves the streets listening for verboten wireless signals.

This is the apparatus being protected. And not everyone has a problem with the ban, either:

It’s actually drawn people from all across the United States to settle down. Sufferers of electromagnetic hypersensitivity — a disease supposedly caused by wireless signals, but dismissed by the scientific community — have moved into the electronic dead space.

I await a study showing that their conditions have improved — or that they haven’t.

(Via Hit Coffee.)

1 comment

  1. fillyjonk »

    8 September 2013 · 3:21 pm

    At first, I was expecting something like a 21st century version of “Footloose.” But the real reason is a lot more interesting.

    I’m sure there are at least a few doctoral students out there in search of something to study, testing the premise that moving there alleviates the condition of those believing themselves to be electrically hypersensitive would be interesting. (Though I’m not sure how you’d factor out the placebo effect of “I moved to a place without waves and now I feel better”)

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