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Roanoke Valley Broadband Upgrade Project

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The Roanoke Valley is taking a step forward in establishing a faster Internet with a broadband connection.

Roanoke City Council members chose to set aside $1 million for the next two fiscal years to help move the project along.

They plan to establish a Roanoke Valley Broadband authority. It will be made up of representatives from Botetourt and Roanoke counties, as well as Roanoke City and Salem. The leaders will decide how to use the money for the project.

"The public just needs to know local governments are working together to resolve a regional issue to increase our Internet speed and availability and keep us competitive in economic development," said Economic Development Director Wayne Bowers.

A public hearing is set for July 15 for the community to give their feedback on creating a broadband authority.