Roanoke City Council set aside $2 million dollars for the future of broadband Internet in our region.
Bringing a stronger Internet connection to the Roanoke Valley has been in the works for years.
Now, with new money, a Broadband Authority is being established.
It will be made up of representatives from Botetout and Roanoke Counties, as well as Roanoke City and Salem.
These community leaders say they're invested in making the area a technology-hub to bring in more businesses.
"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," economic development director, Wayne Bowers says.
A public hearing is set for July 15th for the community to give their feedback on creating a Broadband Authority.