Nevada State Park Wi-Fi Service
Nevada plans to become the first to connect visitors to state park Wi-Fi coverage at all parks.
Governor Brian Sandoval’s Explore Your Nevada plan makes adding new park locations and high-speed internet access at parks and campsites statewide areas of importance.
“We’re proud to be the first U.S. state to announce our commitment to put Wi-Fi in all of our state parks,” said Eric Johnson, administrator for Nevada State Parks, in a statement. “Our long-term goal is to ensure the millions of park guests that visit our locations each year have access to the same consistent high-speed, high-quality connectivity Wi-Fi service — park-to-park — providing a true value when visiting parks across our state.”
The state has partnered with Viasat, a communications company specializing in outdoor connectivity networks nationwide.
The Nevada state park Wi-Fi system will utilize Viasat’s advanced ViaSat-1 and ViaSat-2 satellite systems, coupled with its Wi-Fi services platform, to deliver a large-scale hotspot solution to Nevada.
In turn, Viasat will work with Wi-Fi in the Park, a Nevada-based telecom consultancy, to help develop the connectivity strategy across the parks, which include focusing first on the most visited parks.
“Viasat has deep knowledge and experience in building, operating and monitoring complex Wi-Fi networks in the hardest-to-reach locations, most extreme weather conditions and in places where uptime is critical,” said Cody Catalena, vice president and general manager of Global Business Solutions at Viasat, in a statement. “We are well-positioned as a broadband and managed Wi-Fi provider to support the state of Nevada in its quest to bring high-speed internet to its diverse set of park locations.”
New State Recreation Area
A new park is also in the works. With an unprecedented donation of properties that together will be known as the Walker River State Recreation Area. Three historic properties in west-central Nevada will bring in excess of 12,000 acres into public use while providing access to 28 miles of the pristine and picturesque East Walker River for the first time in many, many generations.
Together with historic structures and valuable wildlife habitat, what will become four distinct park units – Pitchfork, Rafter 7, Flying M and Nine Mile – are set to offer extraordinary opportunities for camping, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, nature study, outdoor education and, of course,
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