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Yellowstone tries to balance cell phones, nature

Yellowstone National Park officials, attempting to balance competing demands for cell phone service and preserving the park's tranquility, have released a draft plan to guide the development of wireless services within the park. The environmental assessment proposes a limited increase in cell phone coverage in the 3,500-square-mile park while excluding cellular towers from the backcountry, park road corridors and smaller developed areas. The plan also calls for providing cell phone service and wireless Internet in larger developed areas with hotels and stores. "That doesn't mean there couldn't be some service outside those immediate developed areas, but it's not...