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Task Force Working for More High-Speed Internet in Roanoke Valley

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One company is speeding up the Internet in the Roanoke Valley, and it could have a major economic impact.

Cox Communications invested $4.6 million to triple the speed of its Internet service.

Wayne Strickland is part of Roanoke's broadband task force, which is working to bring high-speed Internet to Southwest Virginia.

He said this is a step in the right direction since Cox made a significant investment.

But Strickland believes greater access to high-speed Internet is a necessity for the Roanoke Valley to compete economically.

"In the 21st century, we have to look at high-speed broadband as a part of infrastructure in order to ensure your community is competitive," Strickland said.

He added that economic competition is now global and high-speed Internet is needed to attract and retain businesses.

He says he's hopeful other companies will follow Cox and add higher-speed Internet to the Roanoke Valley.