Affordable & Quality Internet for Ephrata

Affordable & Quality Internet for Ephrata

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Kirstin Miner started this petition to Ephrata Borough Council

The struggle to find an affordable and quality ISP (internet service provider) within Ephrata is a problem for many. There are few options. Blue Ridge Communications, Windstream, HughesNet, and Frontier are the few options available. The only one that offers true high-speed internet is Blue Ridge Communications. This creates a problem. Blue Ridge Communications has become a monopoly in the area. With no competition, it gives Blue Ridge every opportunity to raise their prices and place data caps. With no other companies to turn to, people are stuck. Blue Ridge knows this and abuses this fact. Their prices rise every year and data caps are placed. (Data caps are almost unheard of nowadays.) For many, Blue Ridge is simply not affordable. Some may go without internet at all. Little to no care is given to their customers. Often complaints go unheard. To resolve this issue, more competition needs to be welcomed into Ephrata. Xfinity and Verizon Fios are two possible examples. With more competition, the quality of service is guaranteed to improve. Competition is what makes things more affordable and better in quality. In this day and age where internet is a necessity and not a luxury, it is important that affordable and quality internet is available to all. If we do not resolve this issue, it may be a deterrent for future people to move into Ephrata, or it may force people out of our community. If we invite more competition into Ephrata, it will also create more jobs and boost the local economy.  The local community of Ephrata deserves affordable, quality internet.  

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