Channel Islands Telecommunication Project

3 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
Document Title
Channel Islands Telecommunication Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Document Description
The CITC is proposing to install the cellular telecommunication infrastructure at 17 project locations on the five islands: Anacapa Island; San Miguel Island, Santa Barbara Island, Santa Cruz Island, and Santa Rosa Island that make up the Channel Islands National Park. The proposed project is needed because NPS staff currently has limited ability to communicate between locations on the Channel Islands and with personnel and other contact points on the mainland. The islands have a very high frequency (VHF) radio system that allows communication among radio-equipped ranger stations on the five islands. There is also satellite internet service at some ranger stations that allows secure access to government internet provider (IP) addresses on the mainland. NPS personnel also possess cellular telephones; however, cellular service is unreliable because the islands are at the outer limit of the cellular service area. As such, the location of the islands makes cellular telephone service unreliable on some parts of the islands and wholly absent on others. Recreational visitors to the island have no land line telephone access and little to no cellular telephone reception. The proposed project would provide cellular telephone service at all ranger stations, fire stations, campground sites, residences, and runways on the five islands, as well as at all portions of the islands within an approximately 0.5 mile radius of each of the 17 proposed facility locations. The new service is intended to be consistent and reliable, with a reliability of 99.99999 percent, meaning that service will be available at these locations 99.99999 percent o the time.

Contact Information

Jeffrey Smith
Agency Name
California Public Utilities Commission
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Barbara, Ventura
Cross Streets
The project is located on 15 sites within the Channel Islands National Park
State Highways
3 non-public NPS airstrips

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT), California Highway Patrol, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marine Region, Department of Water Resources, Resources Agency, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Development Types
Local Actions
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Geology/Soils, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Public Services, Recreation, Transportation, GreenHouse Gas

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