Tired of the constant buzz of the digital age? You might want to move to West Virginia’s “Quiet Zone”: A 13,000 square mile area where Wi-Fi, cell service, and even most radio stations are banned.
The energy of Wi-Fi or cell signals can confuse or interfere with the telescope’s readings — and it can trip the receivers at the government’s nearby , which is also in the zone.
“Because we’re looking at these very, very faint signals, we need to live in a very, very quiet area. In the same way where if you had an optical telescope, it needs to be high on the mountain away from other light,” O’Neil says.
So a federal quiet zone law and an accompanying state law — the — combine to keep the area very radio quiet. No interference is allowed.