WDBJ7 Intern Reporter
5:36 AM PDT, May 31, 2012
It's the 21st century, but Roanoke's broadband connection is stuck the past.
And local governments and business leaders are teaming up to upgrade.
The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is planning to build a fiber optic data center that can send information at the speed of light.
One business owner agrees the area's broadband services aren't keeping up with changing technology and this change will make all the difference in cost for businesses, schools and people.
"It's really important that we come up with a Roanoke solution, that we go out and listen to the people, this is what the people have to say about it, listen to businesses, and come up with a solution for the Roanoke Valley," said William Fralin of Medical Facilities of America.
Those involved in the project hope it will help with economic development in the Valley.