The National Park Service has issued its first concessions contract for wireless internet service. Lake Mead National Recreation Area, located just outside of Las Vegas, will pilot the new fiber optic technology through a five-year contract, starting Sept. 1.
The fee-based service, provided by AccessParks, will be available in the park’s developed frontcountry areas. Wireless download speeds are a minimum of 25 Mbps and upload speeds are a minimum of 10 Mbps. These speeds will support voice, video and data over any device with Wi-Fi capability.
Service is currently available at Boulder Beach, Lake Mead RV Village, Hemenway Harbor, Las Vegas Bay and Callville Bay. It is expected to be active at Katherine Landing, Cottonwood Cove, Willow Beach, Temple Bar and Echo Bay in 2017.
To access the wireless service, choose AccessParks in the wireless settings on any mobile device or computer while visiting a serviceable location. Then, open a browser and select a preferred package. The subscription will be valid at every location within the park where service is available.
Subscription rates are $4.95 per day, $14.95 per week and $29.95 per month per device. There are no data caps. AccessParks offers customer support 24/7 by calling 1-888-507-1128.