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Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Netwroks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He runs MuniNetworks.org as part of ILSR's effort to ensure broadband networks are directly accountable to the communities that depend upon them. More

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2014

Transcript: Community Broadband Bits Episode 113 – Peter d’Errico of Leverett, Massachusetts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/transcript-community-broadband-bits-episode-113-peter-derrico-leverett-massachusetts

Thank to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript for Episode 113 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast with Peter d’Errico of Leverett, Massachusetts. Listen to this episode here. 00:15: Peter d’Errico: It certainly is true that if taxes go up in a town that has a democratic form of government like a town meeting, it… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2014

Muni Fiber in Rural Massachusetts – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 113

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/muni-fiber-rural-massachusetts-community-broadband-bits-podcast-113

Though much of western Massachusetts has poor access to the Internet, the town of Leverett is in the midst of fiber build that will offer a gigabit to anyone who wants it. Peter d’Errico, on the town Select Board, has been part of the project from the start and Chairs the Broadband Committee. He joins… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 25, 2014

Transcript: Community Broadband Bits Episode 112

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/transcript-community-broadband-bits-episode-112

Thank to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript for Episode 112 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast with Caitlin Copple and Karen Palmer of Missoula. Listen to this episode here. 00:15: Caitlin Copple: I think you just have to care about creating high-paying jobs in your community. I mean, to me, that is what it… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 25, 2014

Transcript: Community Broadband Bits Episode 110

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/transcript-community-broadband-bits-episode-110

Thank to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript for Episode 110 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast with Will Aycock of Wilson and Danna Bailey of Chattanooga. Listen to this episode here. 00:15: Danna Bailey: When we have neighbors outside of our service territory who are specifically asking us to come and serve them, we… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2014

Community Broadband Bits Transcript – Episode 111

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-transcript-episode-111

Thank to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript for Episode 111 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast with Hunter Newby. Jeff provides transcripts of some of our conversations but does not necessarily endorse ideas expressed. 00:15: Hunter Newby: It’s the difference commerce, you know, and the economy growing, and not. 00:20: Lisa Gonzalez: Hey there,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 19, 2014

Missoula Pursues Open Access Fiber for Jobs – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 112

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/missoula-pursues-open-access-fiber-jobs-community-broadband-bits-podcast-112

After having met City Councilmember Caitlin Copple at last year’s Broadband Communities event in Austin and seeing the progress Missoula, Montana, has made in considering a municipal fiber network, I knew we should ask her to be on the show. This week, she joins me and Karen Palmer, the Director of Operations for a local… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2014

The Birth of Community Broadband – Video

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/birth-community-broadband-video

ILSR is excited to announce a new short video examining an impressive municipal broadband network, Glasgow Kentucky. Glasgow was the first municipal broadband network and indeed, seems to have been the first citywide broadband system in the United States. We partnered with the Media Working Group to produce this short documentary and we have the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2014

Muni Fiber as Real Estate – Community Broadband Bits Episode 111

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/muni-fiber-real-estate-community-broadband-bits-episode-111

Hunter Newby is back for his second appearance on Community Broadband Bits to discuss his thoughts on carrier neutral approaches to spur our economy with more investment in better networks. We just talked with Hunter in episode 104 on carrier neutral approaches to middle mile networks. Now we discuss these types of approaches within communities… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2014

CenturyLink’s Website Wasn’t Alerted to New Gig Service…

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/centurylinks-website-wasnt-alerted-new-gig-service

So I was reading Bill Schrier’s article about CenturyLink’s announcement about supposedly investing in a gigabit for some people in some cities. He includes a link where people can sign up for new announcements as they come. I already checked my address in Saint Paul but it isn’t available. But I figured, sure, I’d like… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 5, 2014

Understanding the Wilson and Chattanooga FCC Petitions – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 110

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/understanding-wilson-and-chattanooga-fcc-petitions-community-broadband-bits-podcast-110

Given the exciting development of the FCC opening comment on petitions from Wilson, NC and Chattanooga, TN to restore local authority to their states, Lisa and I decided to take over this week’s podcast of Community Broadband Bits. We talk about the petitions, some background, and interview Will Aycock from Wilson’s Greenlight Gigabit Network and… Continue reading