I was encouraged by the article published on Jan. 22, "Columbiana County Port Authority enters into a pact to continue fiber optic network."
It appears that the Port Authority is finally getting it right. By relinquishing operational control of the fiber optic strands to DRS, they are permitting a company within the telecommunications industry to maximize the potential of their technology to the benefit of all.
We are now in an era when so much is done on the Internet. A business that is unable to access high-speed wireless Internet, like many of the underserved in our county, face a very real disadvantage. It is challenging for business to compete with companies that have instant access to information on the Internet.
The lag in time in transmitting information can be the demise of businesses in our society, which has become so reliant on instant results. If this new agreement results in DRS accelerating its effort to expand high-speed wireless Internet service, it will have a positive impact on the economic development of our area, and I am all for it.