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The challenge to communicate

The challenge to communicate

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A wireless network in Southwest Virginia depends on a fiber optic backbone, a lesson for Roanoke.

Word the other weekend that phase one of a project to bring faster wireless communications to Virginia's coal counties is complete — wonderful news that the Roanoke Valley can only envy.

Valley government and business leaders should sit up and take notice. The progress in far Southwest is a measure to keep in mind next month, when a regional task force is expected to report on how to bring Greater Roanoke's fiber optics telecommunications network — patchwork, really — up to speed.

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