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National parks balancing demands for cell service, silence

Tourists pose for a selfie in 2018. Parks around the country are grappling with how best to expand service while preserving the pristine nature. One of the latest debates is playing out at the Grand Canyon where park officials are road mapping future telecommunications towers. The handful that exist now are prominent among the park lodging, visitor center and residential area. (Loretta McKenney/WGCN)

Tourists pose for a selfie in 2018. Parks around the country are grappling with how best to expand service while preserving the pristine nature. One of the latest debates is playing out at the Grand Canyon where park officials are road mapping future telecommunications towers. The handful that exist now are prominent among the park lodging, visitor center and residential area. (Loretta McKenney/WGCN)

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