By B.N. Frank
The good news is that the committee who proposed this has been terminated.
The bad news is that national parks are still considering nonsense that would accommodate visitors at the expense of wildlife and nature.
Supporters said the change would boost revenue and encourage more people to stay overnight.
“Today we had to kind of go to different coffee shops to try to get signal and get Wi-Fi to find our way around and try to figure out where we were going to go, so the Wi-Fi really appealed to me a lot,” said Mount Rainier visitor Abby Gray.
Other visitors aren’t fans of the idea.
“Don’t mess it up, don’t mess it up,” said Rena Watkins. “No doubt in my mind that it would disrupt the system and we don’t need that, we don’t need it. Just come out here and see this stuff the way it is and the way it was meant to be.”
“I think it would cause more noise, more trash, less of the natural beauty,” said Jeb Watkins.
The National Park Service said more than 9.2 million people stayed at campgrounds last year. Many of those visitors are younger and more diverse than in the past.
NPS said the plan isn’t to modernize every campground, but to create a “second-century campground experience.”
In the proposal, parks could nominate their own campgrounds to be part of a modernization pilot program. Five to 10 locations could be chosen as soon as Dec. 1.
Research has determined that all sources of wireless radiation – including cell towers and WiFi – are biologically and environmentally harmful. That’s why many environmentalists have been fighting cell tower installation at national parks (see 1, 2). That’s why WiFi SHOULD NOT be installed in Yellowstone or any other national park.
National parks are supposed to be protected places. They are NOT supposed to be exploited by businesses. They are not supposed to be sacrificed for increased revenue. Perhaps younger and more diverse visitors would be accepting and appreciative of that if it was explained to them. After all, many of them are very eco-conscious already.
The deadline for public comments is November 29.
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