Roanoke, VA (April 16, 2019) – Last week, at The Broadband Communities Conference in Austin, Texas, the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) recognized the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA) with its ‘Local Project of the Year’ Award.

The coalition recognized RVBA for “operating a financially sound, fully transparent, and state-of-the-art open-access fiber system that has been a driver and platform for robust regional economic development.”

CLIC praised RVBA for having “caused commercial internet and data transport service prices in the region to drop by as much as 30 percent.”

In addition to having “attracted many new providers serving public, private and residential customers to the region,” CLIC applauded RVBA for enabling business customers across all four of its member communities to report an increasing number of service options that are allowing them to grow, thrive and compete locally, nationally and internationally.

“We are honored to be recognized on the national stage and are extremely thankful that the efforts to improve the economic prospects of our community are producing such clear and positive results,” Frank Smith, President and CEO of Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority said.

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 About Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority

Since the summer of 2016, the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority has been using their award-winning, carrier-grade, open-access fiber network as a regional economic development tool. They have continuously worked to ensure that all Roanoke Valley businesses have access to high-quality services at the speed and capacity they need to grow and remain competitive. The 95-mile fiber network stretches across four members municipalities including the City of Salem, The City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, and Botetourt County. The RVBA serves both enterprise customers and other last mile providers who leverage the shared network infrastructure to expand their reach and/or provide new services to and across our community.

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