Broadband provider, AccessParks, has submitted a proposal to the National Park Service to greatly expand wifi service in Yellowstone National Park. They currently perform this service for US military bases and have their sights set on installing high-speed internet service in hundreds of park buildings and popular attractions in Yellowstone.
“We believe that by addressing the need for predictable, quality internet in remote lodging, RV parks, and campgrounds, we are helping more people experience the outdoors we love, for longer periods of time, and with the untethered freedom of exploring confidently. The outdoors should be a part of everyone’s life, especially younger generations. When parents can keep up with work for an hour in the evening, the kids benefit from longer stays.” -AccessParks
Active Journal reports the Yellowstone proposal includes the construction of five microwave antenna stations, several backcountry repeater stations, a dozen wireless antennae spaced throughout the park, and hundreds of wireless transceivers fixed to buildings (some of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places). The system would provide wifi throughout Canyon Village, Grant Village, Lake, Mammoth Hot Springs, and Old Faithful.
AccessParks suggests improved WiFi at national parks would encourage longer stays with the “untethered freedom of exploring confidently.” Information traditionally accessed through cellular networks or god forbid a book/map would be available over WiFi. They also boast 911 call availability in the frontcountry.
What are your thoughts on WiFi coverage in Yellowstone and national parks in general. Net positive or net negative?