Reliable Broadband for California State Route 38 Communities
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To whom it may concern,
The three communities of Forest Falls, Mountain Home Village and Angelus Oaks along California State Route 38 are very underserved when it comes to broadband internet. I personally pay $85 or more a month for Hughesnet satellite internet that on most days gets under 1 Mbps in speeds. Other neighbors I have spoken with, even with the other internet providers, get about the same internet speeds. I also personally moved here thinking that there were other options for internet in this community, only to find out that the other internet providers had stopped accepting new customers.
Forest Falls is home to 1102 permanent residents (according to 2010 census data) with 712 households as well as small businesses, a fire station, a Sheriff’s Department sub-station, a school, a post office and Forest Home Camp. Mountain Home Village has 170 permanent residents (according to 2010 census data). Angelus Oaks has 312 permanent residents as well as small businesses and a fire station.
I know we are considered rural, but if you look at actual distances, this is untrue. Mountain Home Village is 3.7 road miles from Bryant Street, where they are currently developing land for a new housing development. Forest Falls is only another 3.6 miles from Mountain Home Village and Angelus Oaks is only another 4.7 miles from Forest Falls. Places this close to major population centers should have access to reliable and affordable broadband internet, especially when those places contain businesses and a school.
Please help bring awareness to the situation by signing this petition that will be sent to interested parties to help our community. The bigger the support, the more likely we can make this change happen.
Kirk Garrison, Forest Falls resident
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