Top Stories March 14, 2019

Park To Take Telecom Input

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Grand Teton National Park encourages public comment on an environmental assessment regarding telecommunications infrastructure improvements in developed areas of the park. The purpose of the assessment is to consider a right-of-way permit request for updating and expanding telecommunication capabilities in developed areas of Grand Teton National Park, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, and connecting to Yellowstone National Park’s south entrance. A fiber optic cable network would be installed to connect telecommunications infrastructure and provide reliable high-speed internet access in developed areas. The cable would be installed underground in conduit adjacent to existing roads or other existing disturbed areas and would have the capacity for future expansion. Those fiber optic and wireless telecommunication services addressed in the environmental assessment include internet, voice over internet protocol, and cellular phones.  The proposal would improve cellular and broadband services to meet mission-critical park operations, safety and emergency services, and visitor information needs and expectations in developed areas. The park is hosting public open houses at the Kelly School in Kelly and at the Wort Hotel in Jackson for individuals to learn more about the proposal and provide comment. Those sessions are to take place Tuesday and Wednesday of next week respectively.


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