Yellowstone and Cell Phones: So Goes Solitude?
Yellowstone National Park, once a bastion of solitude thanks to its remote, rugged location, might soon be as accessible via cell phone as Central Park. Well, maybe not that accessible. But park officials have been talking with cell phone companies about erecting more cell phone towers in the park.
Is that good news? I don't think so. Not only could it create more situations where you come across more hikers gabbing on their phones, but it also could lead to some folks gaining a false bravado in the backcountry because they know they could always summon help via a phone call if they screw up.
According to an Associated Press story, park officials met with cell phone company representatives in March 2005 to discuss potential locations for more cell phone towers in the park. Currently there are five that offer limited coverage in developed areas of Yellowstone. Later this summer park officials plan to offer the public a chance to comment on the proposal, with a draft plan released before fall arrives.