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NPS seeks comments on Yellowstone wifi

Comments must be received by November 29
Posted: 7:13 PM, Nov 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-14 21:20:47-05
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MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY — The National Park Service is asking for public comment on a proposal to install indoor Wi-Fi networks and equipment throughout Yellowstone National Park’s developed areas.

AccessParks has submitted an application for a right-of-way permit. If approved, the permit would allow for the installation of up to 484 small antennas on employee housing and visitor lodging facilities at Canyon Village, Grant Village, Lake Village, Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful.

Thirty-nine additional antennas would link to internet providers outside the park

Additional coverage and more hardware could eventually extend to other developed areas including Norris, Madison and Bechler, according to an NPS news release.

The news release says antennas would be located to minimize visibility, and visible antennas would be painted to match buildings on which they are installed. On buildings listed on the National Register of Historic places, hardware would be located in attics and under eaves.

Examples of typical antenna placements and a list of affected properties are available here: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/ap

Comments must be received by November 29, 2019. Comments may be submitted online at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/ap , by hand-delivery, or by mail. Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or by any other means.

Hand-deliver comments during business hours to: Albright Visitor Center, Attention: Access Parks Broadband Proposal, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.

Mail comments to: Compliance Office, Attention: Access Parks Broadband Proposal, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.