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Plan Proposes Boosting Cell Service In Glacier

Glacier National Park's Lake McDonald Lodge.
David Restivo
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National Parks Service (PD)

Officials in Glacier National Park have proposed a plan to boost the park’s radio and cellphone service.

Park public affairs officer Gina Kerzman says the increase in internet and cell service is needed to support park operations. She clarified that additional coverage is only being considered in commercially developed areas where Wi-Fi is already available.

“This would provide those services in appropriate developed areas for both the public and for the Park Service to use.”

Many Glacier, Rising Sun, Two Medicine and Lake McDonald Lodge could see improved internet access. Kerzman says signal spillover will likely fall into other areas but that that footprint will be minimal. The proposal does not call for new infrastructure in backcountry zones or in any designated wilderness areas.

The plan is available for public comment and review until July 11, and can be found on the website for the National Park Service’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment department.