Yellowstone wants updated broadband

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The National Park Service is encouraging public comment on an Environmental Assessment about a proposal to improve telecommunication services in developed areas of Yellowstone National Park.

The proposal would also give the park the opportunity to remove obsolete telecommunication systems currently on mountaintops and from the backcountry, as underground fiber within the road corridor becomes operational.

That assessment considers installation of fiber optic cable along 187 miles of park roads, appropriate equipment to be used to install the conduit underground within the existing road corridor, immediately adjacent to, and/or directly into the roadbed, temporary and localized traffic delays of up to 30 minutes and speed reductions in the work areas, removal of five microwave radio reflectors that were installed in the park’s backcountry around 1980, and the replacement of the obsolete microwave system delivery of broadband to delivery by fiber optic cable.

Comments may be submitted online at parkplanning.nps.gov/fiberEA  and must be received by April 21st.

 

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