A new study for the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission concludes the Roanoke region lags behind many others in its fiber optic broadband infrastructure, and that could have a major long-term negative impact on new job creation. It suggests local governments should treat fiber optic development as a digital infrastructure priority. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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