Monday, February 25, 2013

Cox is a willing partner

Stanley is market vice president of Cox Communications Virginia -- Roanoke Market.

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Broadband needs can be met through deliberate partnerships. Cox is proud of our investments in Roanoke and remains committed to its bright future.

In a Feb. 10 editorial ("A promising start on better broadband"), the newspaper credits a local task force of business and government leaders for spurring the region into action to meet its needs for accessible, affordable, high-quality Internet service.

We agree that in today's world, high-speed Internet and the broadband required to offer it are essential for educators, students, businesses and consumers. That is why Cox Communications is proud of the fact that Cox has invested more than $70 million in our Roanoke region network in the past seven years alone. In addition to investments in infrastructure, we are also proud of our investments in Roanoke community organizations, which exceed more than $1 million in cash and in-kind services annually.

Today, Cox owns and operates facilities serving three franchise areas: Roanoke, Roanoke County and Vinton. These facilities include almost 1,220 miles of coaxial cable plant in more than 200 fiber-fed-nodes, and 285 sheath miles of fiber optic cable throughout the Roanoke Valley. We also recently invested in extending our network in west county to serve businesses along the U.S. 460 corridor from the Salem city line to the Technology Park in Roanoke County.

By taking advantage of the infrastructure, network technologies and products offered by Cox and the partnerships already in existence between Cox, other carriers and open-access networks (including Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corp.), the region has the potential to meet the bandwidth requirements recommended by the task force study.

Considering the interconnections Cox maintains with more than 12 carriers in the Roanoke Valley and across multiple platforms, including Ethernet through direct fiber interconnections, and other carrier colocations at our Master Telecommunications Center, we believe the region is well positioned to achieve the level of connectivity within our service area the commission recommends.

Further, Cox recently completed our second fiber upgrade with Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corp. at the Bonsack Point-of-Presence Internet access point.

These investments have allowed Cox to deliver state-of-the-art products and services in the Roanoke region.

Cox is grateful for the opportunity to have served the Roanoke region for almost 40 years. We remain committed to this region's bright future, and we look forward to the opportunity to work with the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission on the Next-Generation Fiber Infrastructure System.

Working as partners, we can deliver a bright future for the region.

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