Telecommunications Plan for Grand Canyon National Park
The National Park Service (NPS) has developed a Telecommunications Plan and Environmental Assessment (Plan/EA) that would provide a framework and guidance for the future construction and operation of telecommunications infrastructure—specifically, telecommunications towers, small-cell sites, and fiber optic communications cable—within developed areas of Grand Canyon National Park. The proposal also includes the removal and/or potential relocation of some existing telecommunications infrastructure, including an existing tower. The NPS has written the Plan/EA in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Compliance with other applicable laws, including the National Historic Preservation Act is also occurring.
Telecommunications services within Grand Canyon National Park 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 ensure that telecommunications infrastructure is designed and located in a manner that minimizes impacts to park resources.
The Plan/EA is currently open for public review through midnight, January 6, 2019. Please click on "Open for Comment" on the left hand side of this page to access the Plan/EA and provide comments. Comments may be submitted on this webpage, at a public open house, or via mail; comments submitted by other means (including Facebook or other social media posts) will not be considered.
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