One company is speeding up the Internet in the Roanoke Valley and it could have a major economic impact.
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's hopeful other companies will follow Cox and add higher speed Internet to the Roanoke Valley.