Task Force Meets to Improve Broadband
COLUMBIA - A group of internet users, broadband service providers and city offcials met Friday to discuss how to improve the infrastrutures for high-speed Internet. In a meeting room at the Boone Electric Cooperative, 25 representatives had a discussion on the issues Columbia would need to address to improve the infrastructures for high-speed internet. The incentive behind the initiative is to attract more businesses to the area and create new job opportunities.
Established with efforts to put Columbia into an advantageous position with high technology, the task force was made up of individuals with different backgrounds and interests. The discussion is in an early stage to let various parties identify the common benefits which would be the foundation to build up solid cooperation.
"We have a group of very knowledgeable people getting together to discuss Columbia broadband resources. I think it is a great mix of people in the community. Nobody knows better than they what we need. They can tell us what we need to do to differentiate ourselves from our competitors," Mayor Bob McDavid said.
Though the group is aware of the possible challenges it has to face, including different interests, the members were happy with the achievements in the early stage.
"It has brought all the possible resources into the conversation, and Columbia has been already positioned strongly, We have capacities here and near us that a lot of communities don't have. We feel like we have all the players we need in this game, and what we need to do is to pull these people together," Todd Culley, the task force chair, said.
The group has request different parties to submit proposals in the next two weeks, which will be used to draw a road map for better infrastructures.