Telecommunications Plan for Grand Canyon National Park
The National Park Service (NPS) is developing a Telecommunications Plan to identify appropriate types and locations of telecommunications infrastructure and services within Grand Canyon National Park in order to provide sufficient and reliable cellular and Internet/wireless coverage, two-way radio communications, and data network capacity to meet the needs of visitors, the NPS, and park partners within developed areas of the park.
These services are currently insufficient to support the needs of visitors—who totaled close to 6.4 million in 2018, the NPS, and park partners including concessioners, non-profit organizations, tribes, the public school, a medical clinic, utility company, and other local and federal law enforcement agencies. Action is needed at this time to address these deficiencies and develop guidance for types and locations of telecommunications infrastructure within the park that minimizes impacts to natural and cultural resources and visitor experiences.
We are currently seeking public scoping comments on a proposed action through August 11, 2019. Following the public comment period, the NPS will analyze and consider all feedback and prepare an environmental assessment (EA), in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, to develop and evaluate alternatives. There will be a second opportunity for public comment on the EA later this year.
Please visit the links to the left for more information on this planning process.
Sharon Ringsven, Project Manager, 928-638-7357
Elizabeth Boerke, Planner, 928-638-7762