Roanoke valley business leaders say we're in a doughnut hole that we don't want to be in.
The regional broadband task force finished up its work.
It found the tobacco commission has been doing a nice job paying for broadband in rural counties surrounding the Roanoke valley.
It also found the Roanoke valley's not big enough for a broadband provider to pay for the cost to bring it to us.
The task force is recommending setting up a regional commission to promote broadband service in the Roanoke area.
Community leaders say broadband is important because, without enough of it, businesses looking to expand might count that as a strike against the Roanoke valley.
An event that brought thousands of people to Salem this year is coming back next year. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for the Blue Ridge Music Festival.