CHESHIRE, Ore. -- Eugene-based Emerald Broadband has expanded its reach to the city of Cheshire in hopes of bridging gaps and making high-speed service a possibility for all.
The internet service provider is working to introduce fiber optics to rural areas, and many residents feel that Emerald is a company they can trust.
"I get on the computer, and I don't have to wait for it to buffer back and forth,” Cheshire resident Donald Hall said. “I get my response right away.”
Services provided by Emerald Broadband range in price. Packages begin at $35 per month for a 25 mbps connection and $50 for a 100 mbps connection. For those who cannot afford traditional prices and are in need of service, the company is able to help out by providing them with 25 mbps of connection.
Raymond Hardman is the CEO and owner of Emerald Broadband. He was born and raised in Oregon and said that he wants children to be able to compete at the same level.
“Our lowest price point still stands if the family is on the free and reduced lunch program in their district,” Hardman said. “We provide Internet for free to that house while their students or children are in school. This is so they have the opportunity, and it doesn't cost them. They can use that money to pay for more food, more writing utensils or the things that are necessary that you have to pay for.”
Hardman has noticed that access to technology plays a key role and allows the community to communicate at a greater level.
“Ultimately, my hope is to see growth in the community,” Hardman said. “This is kind of a foundational technology that enables all of our industries to improve and be more modernized and more efficient.
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