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What broadband offers


The author of “Wiring the Wild” (Outdoor Rec & Travel 2020) asserts that the Park Service’s mission is to “conserve and entertain,” but what about the essential mission of interpretation: enabling visitors to experience and learn about natural and cultural features, and in the process protecting the parks through greater public understanding and appreciation? The article failed to note that broadband offers the potential for the Park Service to offer more virtual interpretive resources and programs: on-demand graphics and ranger-narrated videos that are not subject to vandalism or wear and tear and which can be updated more readily.

—Steven Semken, via email