Glacier National Park Gets Approval for Telecom Upgrades

Cell service in Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park sucks. I love that. It’s actually one of my favorite things about visiting the park because it forces everyone in my family to put down their phones for the day and enjoy the grandeur of nature. It seems like it gets harder and harder to unplug from that stupid little computer in your hand, and when you visit the parks, it gives you no choice.

When I saw the headline yesterday (1/5) for the press release from the National Park Service regarding its approval for a telecommunications upgrade in Glacier, at first I was bummed. My immediate thought was, “Why?! Surely this will just lead to more tourists walking around glued to their devices.” Thankfully, that’s not really the case.

The telecommunications upgrade is primarily for staff.

The press release notes that the approved communications upgrades are for internal park business, not for Hashtag Haley who can’t get a signal for her Instagram “influencing.” The NPS wrote,

Actions under the plan will address deficiencies in NPS radio, phone, computer and data-based telecommunications systems that support park operations. The plan will allow a flexible response to changing communication needs and advances in technology, including upgrading to new technologies and/or removing unnecessary NPS

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