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Here's an interesting article about improving mobile connectivity and speed in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. The fiber optic line would be the result of a private partnership and follows the expansion of cellphone and WiFi at national parks in the US and Canada.
The pros: improved safety through easier communication between first responders, reduced printing costs if maps & brochures are available on your phone, and mobile apps that allow visitors to connect with the resource in new ways.
The cons: more distractions for visitors and a backlog of infrastructure projects that also need attention.
What do you think? Is there a place for technology in national parks and other protected areas? What about the private partnership element of this plan? What kind of role should private corporations play in managing our national parks?