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Yellowstone releases plan for cell phone towers

Matt Joyce
The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

CHEYENNE, Wyo. ” Yellowstone National Park has released a draft plan for guiding the development of wireless communication within its 3,500 square miles, including a limited increase in cell phone coverage.

The environmental assessment addresses cell phone service, wireless Internet service, park radio systems and resource monitoring stations.

The proposal includes restricting cell phone towers from the backcountry, from park road corridors and from smaller developed areas. It calls for providing cell phone service and wireless Internet in developed areas with hotels.

The National Parks Conservation Association says the plan is important because it’s likely to set a precedent for other national parks.

Yellowstone will hold public meetings early next month in Idaho and Montana to gather feedback on the plan.

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