By Explorebigsky.com Staff Writer

The National Park Service is reviewing a proposal by Verizon Wireless to construct a cell phone tower to serve the Lake and Fishing Bridge areas of Yellowstone National Park.

The proposed 100-foot tall gray steel lattice tower would be installed at an existing utility site, next to existing telephone and electric lines. The tower would not be visible from the nearby Lake Hotel, Fishing Bridge and Lake Lodge historic districts. The site was also selected to minimize the cell signal’s reach into the park’s backcountry.

This is the only part of Yellowstone where construction of a new cell tower was permitted under the park’s Wireless Communications Services Plan Environmental Assessment.

Written comments may be submitted online at parkplanning.nps.gov/lakecellularsite, in person, or by mail to Compliance Office, attn: Lake Cell Tower Proposal, National Park Service, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190. Comments must be received or postmarked by Nov. 16.

Comments will be reviewed by the NPS and if the permit is approved, construction would begin later this fall or in early 2013.