But you don’t actually need a time machine to get there: a small American town has no smartphones (in fact, no mobiles at all), no Wi-Fi, and no radio, Voice of America revealed in a video feature this week.
Green Bank has a population of 143, and is known as the Quietest Town in America – and its residents enjoy the enforced lack of technology, describing the town as an ‘oasis’.
The reason for the ‘radio silence’ is the nearby Robert C Byrd Green Bank telescope — a 485-foot sensitive radio instrument which listens for distant signals.
The telescope can pick up signals as faint as ‘about a billionth of a billionth of a millionth of a watt’, experts say. Local store owner Sherry, ‘We’ve never really had it. We do it the old-fashioned way.’
Phones attached to wall jacks are the only way to call someone in Green Banks – and local officials track down any ‘rogue’ devices which are transmitting radio waves.
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