McCarthy to get Internet, wired phone access

Posted: Tuesday, December 28, 2010

VALDEZ - The tiny town of McCarthy in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve will finally get broadband Internet and wired telephone service if a proposal is approved by the National Parks Service.

KCHU-AM reports the parks service would lease a telecommunications company about 1,000 square feet of park land to install a dish and power facilities.

Wrangell-St. Elias superintendent Meg Jensen says there is no cell phone service on a road between McCarthy and Chitina, which has left park visitors and residents without a way to call for help after an accident. The town currently relies on satellite telephone communication.

The project is slated to cost $5 million. If approved, it will begin in the spring of 2011 and finish that fall.

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