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Old 12-10-2020, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Harpers Ferry, WV
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Doing some research on local government elections, specifically Ranson City Council, Ranson, WV. A recent election had 4% turnout! I like Ranson for shopping and eating out (yes, even during the pandemic) but am baffled by the lack of involvement by residents.

Anyone have insight? I know about voter apathy, but other ideas are appreciated.

Chip
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Old 12-14-2020, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Harpers Ferry, WV
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Residents of Ranson, WV take note:

https://mailchi.mp/0302da1dcb3a/2021...t?e=99e2509b05
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Old 12-14-2020, 10:01 AM
 
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Whomever gets elected to run the city, I recommend they get to work on high speed reliable and secure internet as the number of telecommuters running from DC is increasing every day. This area could turn into a telecommute hub followed by restaurants and shopping. On the other hand, the city government could intentionally foil any efforts in that direction.
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Old 12-14-2020, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Harpers Ferry, WV
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There was a federal telecommuting center for a while in Kearneysville, right up the pipestem from Ranson, closed by budget cutbacks. It is indeed crucial to employment and other activities to have broadband freely available.
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Old 12-16-2020, 01:40 AM
 
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Whomever gets elected to run the city, I recommend they get to work on high speed reliable and secure internet as the number of telecommuters running from DC is increasing every day. This area could turn into a telecommute hub followed by restaurants and shopping. On the other hand, the city government could intentionally foil any efforts in that direction.
Ranson has high speed internet via Comcast (Xfinity).

(I'd prefer Verizon FIOS, but that's another story.)
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Old 12-16-2020, 05:25 AM
 
Location: Harpers Ferry, WV
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Fiber to homes in Ranson could be achieved, perhaps more easily than other areas of Jefferson County. I had heard anecdotally that there was a fiber backbone already in the region. While searching for documentation I found this reference, which lists Shentel as a vendor:

https://broadbandnow.com/West-Virginia/Ranson
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