We disagree with Supervisor Jack Sweeney’s view (Supes OK push to expand broadband, Oct. 21) that building out telecom/Internet infrastructure in order to bring about a much needed improvement in the availability and quality of telecommunications services would drive land development. As Supervisor Sweeney knows, the county’s zoning and approval process — and not the availability of services — determine development. To the contrary, we believe fast and reliable Internet-based telecommunications infrastructure provides a big part of the solution to the county’s longstanding dilemma of how to foster the economic development it needs without jeopardizing its pastoral ambiance. The consumer owned, fiber optic to-the-premises network the Camino Fiber Network Cooperative intends to construct would provide a high speed digital highway to transport commerce into El Dorado County without the need for brick-and-mortar development and its adverse transportation and environmental impacts. Improving the county’s inadequate telecommunications will also enhance the market desirability of its real estate as does other infrastructure such as paved roads and water meter hookups.