Yellowstone Holds The Phone

Yellowstone National Park's new cell and wifi plan blocks coverage in sensitive areas

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After at first getting all excited about providing cell and wireless Internet coverage over large areas of the park, it seems Yellowstone officials are getting cold feet: They now plan to block coverage at key sites, including developed areas like the Lake Hotel, Old Faithful Inn, Roosevelt Lodge, Old Faithful Lodge, Lake Lodge and Mammoth Hotel. They’re also calling for the relocation of three communications towers, one of which is near Old Faithful.

While many have praised the park’s efforts to maintain a pristine environment, other commentators worry that it could deny those in trouble a tool for survival: 

For now, cell phone towers will stay banned from roads, campgrounds, and anywhere in the backcountry, so don’t expect to call for help if you get cornered by a bison or a bear. You’ll just have to handle it the old-fashioned way—with wrasslin’:

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—Ted Alvarez

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