Glacier National Park Considering Radio and Cellular Signal Upgrade | Montana News
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) – Public scrutiny has begun for a proposal to strengthen radio and mobile phone services in Montana Glacier National Park, park officials said. The deadline for comment is July 11.
The proposal calls for communications upgrades for the National Park Service, which uses outdated technology or cannot reach remote areas of the park, the Missoulian reported.
Currently, mobile phone service is only available in the western part of the park in Apgar and the eastern part of the park due to commercial mobile phone towers outside the park borders.
“While recognizing that national parks provide a disconnected space for many visitors, the plan also proposes a strategy of commercial cellular and / or Internet access for public use and NPS in certain developed areas,” such as Many Glacier, Rising Sun, Two Medicine and Lake McDonald Lodge, park spokeswoman Gina Kerzman said.
The proposal would ban large-scale cell towers and commercial telecommunications equipment in the backcountry, despite visitors relying more on Internet access.
“Glacier uses the Internet to provide the best and latest information possible to visitors, and visitors need to be able to access this information for planning their trip and to keep abreast of current conditions such as unplanned road, trail and trail closures. of campgrounds ”, according to the Environmental Assessment. “Connectivity is also important for employees on leave and their families to meet daily needs that increasingly depend on Internet access, such as paying bills and accessing bank accounts. “
Signal strength would be limited as much as possible to the four developed areas mentioned in the proposal, Kerzman said, although some spillovers may be inevitable.
“We can’t say for sure that you won’t be able to get cell service across the road or on the lake,” Kerzman said.
But the plan doesn’t provide that visitors will be able to get signals along the trails or more interior sections of the Going-to-the-Sun Highway.
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