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Ralph Guay

For those of us who live in our RVs for several months a year, it's a matter of keeping in touch with friends and family. I would definitely miss the personal touch of the Rangers, however,

Jaimie Hall Bruzenak

I agree, Ralph. And, if you're running a business, a connection is necessary. I don't like the idea that the concessionaires are seeing it as a way to take over interpretation and then charge for it.

Jaimie

Raquel

I don't like the idea of taking the rangers out of the parks and using cell phones as a means of instructing/guiding visitors but, I do like the idea of increasing cell service within the parks. Why does one necessarily have to be tied to the other?

Elliott Thomas

Having seen video's of people walking into fountains and canals while texting, it's obvious they were unaware of their surroundings. Bears, bison, geysers, hot springs, etc. are not as forgiving as water. Animal and bird photography will be more difficult as ringing cell phones will disturb them. It's bad enough that you have to listen to cell phones in a supermarket checkout line, but it will be intensely annoying to hear them as you walk along a forest trail. If you are on the phone, you miss what's going on around you. Vacations should be that, not constantly talking to people.

Jaimie Hall Bruzenak

Raquel, I saw in that article that the concessionaires are using that thinking to justify getting money for providing wifi. Not exactly sure how it will work, but I do agree. One shouldn't preclude the other.

You have a good point, Elliott. Parks need some cell-free zones! I'm thinking of Yellowstone,in particular where we were last September.

Jaimie

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