Access Parks - Broadband Internet for Park Residents and Employees
AccessParks (AP) has submitted an application for a Right of Way (ROW) permit to the National Park Service (NPS) proposing the installation of wireless radios, microwave point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, and indoor Wi-Fi installations throughout Xanterra managed properties in Yellowstone National Park (YNP). We anticipate that the installation will be expanded in the future to offer the same service to the NPS and other concessioners.
In order to supply high-speed internet to park visitors and employees throughout YNP, AP has proposed to install a large-scale wireless communication system covering Canyon Village, Grant Village, Lake, Mammoth Hot Springs, and Old Faithful. Equipment needs for this project include five microwave antenna locations, twelve wireless backhaul antennas ranging between three and six feet in diameter, and up to four hundred and eighty (480) transceivers of 11 inch diameter or less installed on receiving structures.
In addition to the areas above, infrastructure would also be placed on the newly installed antenna mounting structure surrounding the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout. Typical installation photosimulations of AccessParks equipment and a list of properties to be affected are included on this project announcement.
Buildings currently proposed for installations have all been evaluated for their National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligibility, or are age ineligible for inclusion on the National Register. Consultation with the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) is ongoing.
Four hundred thirteen (413) of the impacted buildings have been identified as either eligible for inclusion on the NRHP, as contributors to historic districts, or as National Historic Landmarks. The Historic Properties identified include Canyon Lodge, Lake Hotel, The Lake Hamilton Store, 78 Lake Hotel Guest Cabins, 64 Lake Lodge Guest Cabins, Seagull Dormitory, Mammoth Hotel, 97 Mammoth Guest Cabins, the Mammoth Dining Hall, Lodgepole Dormitory, Juniper Dormitory, Spruce Dormitory, Old Faithful Inn, Old Faithful Lodge, 161 Old Faithful Guest Cabins, Laurel Dormitory, and Columbine Dormitory.
Seventy one (71) impacted buildings have been deemed ineligible for inclusion on the NRHP. Of these, 31 are ineligible based on age, 31 are located in historic districts but have been determined to be non-contributing structures, and 9 have been determined ineligible on their own.
In an effort to reduce or eliminate impacts to the historic fabric of Historic Properties, AccessParks' proposed infrastructure will take the historic nature of properties that they will be installed on into account. On historic properties, AccessParks will use existing penetrations into buildings, and will disguise the new installations either through locating them inside of attic spaces, or place them on roof areas that are outside of casual viewshed.
The release of this project on NPS ParkPlanning prior to a press release was due to an internal error. The public comment period for this project will last from 11/14/2019 until 11/29/2019. All comments submitted since October 28 will be evaluated along with comments from the later comment period.
If you have any comments on effects to historic properties, please submit them through this NPS ParkPlanning website by clicking the "Open for Comment" link at the left of this page.
Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015