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.