Wi-Fi and Cell-Free Town In Photos By editor • Oct 8, 2013 ShareTwitter Facebook Google+ Email VIEW SLIDESHOW 1 of 8 A telephone booth sits by a road leading to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, W.Va. Cell service around the telescope is nonexistent. John W. Poole NPR VIEW SLIDESHOW 2 of 8 Caleb (Dr.) Diller, is a DJ at WVMR-AM, Allegheny Mountain Radio, in Frost, W.Va. The station broadcasts at a low enough frequency to avoid being banned. John W. Poole NPR VIEW SLIDESHOW 3 of 8 The Green Bank telescope is the largest fully steerable radio telescope in the world. John W. Poole NPR VIEW SLIDESHOW 4 of 8 The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope is protected from interference by federal and state laws. The Green Bank, W. Va., telescope works by tracking and reading the energy waves that come from stars or gases, but it needs to be located in sparsely populated areas to avoid electromagnetic interference. John W. Poole NPR VIEW SLIDESHOW 5 of 8 Chuck Niday is chief engineer at Allegheny Mountain Radio, which broadcasts to the 9,000 people in Pocahontas County, W.Va. John W. Poole NPR VIEW SLIDESHOW 6 of 8 George Murphy is the IT director of Snowshoe Mountain Resort, which is within the 10-mile radio quiet boundary of the NRAO telescope. He's had to find inventive ways to bring connectivity to the resort, including installing short-range cell receivers like the one shown here, mounted on the building behind him. John W. Poole NPR VIEW SLIDESHOW 7 of 8 The view west from the top of Snowshoe Mountain Resort, which is within 10 miles of the NRAO. John W. Poole NPR VIEW SLIDESHOW 8 of 8 The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope is protected from interference by federal and state laws. John W. Poole NPR A slideshow of images from Green Bank, W. Va., a town that protects its radio telescope by banning Wi-Fi and cell towers.