Yesterday we held the Broadband 2015 Community Forum which was sponsored by the Blacksburg Electronic Village, Inc. and the Town of Blacksburg.

Many people came out on a beautiful Saturday morning to discuss and help plan the next steps to move Blacksburg forward and increase broadband capacity not only in town, but in the region.

We heard from speakers who talked about the value to consumers and we heard from speakers who talked about the value to producers. It was good to be reminded of the economic impact of quality high speed broadband that will encourage and produce new jobs.

I was an original participant when the Community launched the Blacksburg Electronic Village. I witnessed the same excitement yesterday with a real desire to move ahead. As with the original BEV, the new BEV can move forward with citizen participation and town, university and business support.

Stay tuned, there are good things ahead!