Improved cell phone coverage and cellular data services inside Yellowstone National Park is essential for the safety and accessibility of all park visitors. This is especially true in the heavily used Yellowstone Lake Area, Fishing Bridge, and Grant Village Area. The National Park Service has extended the public comment period on a proposal by Verizon Wireless to construct a cellphone tower in Yellowstone National Park until Dec. 17th.
The proposed cell tower would serve the Lake and Fishing Bridge areas of Yellowstone. The 100-foot tall tower and accompanying ground facilities would be erected at an existing utility site, next to existing telephone and electric lines. The Yellowstone Lake area is the only location in the park where construction of a new cell tower is permitted under the park’s management plan.
If the permit is approved, construction would begin in early 2013.