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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 Jul 29, 2014

Rural Utilities Building Broadband Networks – Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode 109

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-utilities-building-broadband-networks-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode-109

If you have doubts that we can or will connect rural America with high quality Internet connections, listen to our show today. Alyssa Clemsen-Roberts, the Industry Affairs Manager at the Utilities Telecom Council, joins me to talk about how utilities are investing in the Internet connections that their communities need. Many of these utilities are… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2014

Chattanooga and Wilson Petition FCC to Remove Anti-Competitive Restrictions

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanooga-and-wilson-petition-fcc-remove-anti-competitive-restrictions

Chattanooga and Wilson, North Carolina, are two of the most successful municipal fiber networks by a variety of metrics, including jobs created, aggregate community savings, and more. This has led to significant demand from surrounding communities for Wilson and Chattanooga to expand. We have profiled both of them in case studies: Wilson and Chattanooga. Expecting… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 23, 2014

The Past and Future of Muni Fiber in Boulder – Community Broadband Bits Episode 108

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/past-and-future-muni-fiber-boulder-community-broadband-bits-episode-108

Boulder is the latest Colorado community to recognize the benefits of using city-owned fiber to spur job growth and improve quality of life. Boulder Director of Information Technology Don Ingle joins us for episode 108 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. We discuss the many ways in which Boulder has benefited from community owned fiber… Continue reading

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

Holly Springs Finds Savings with Muni Fiber – Community Broadband Bits Episode 107

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/holly-springs-finds-savings-muni-fiber-community-broadband-bits-episode-107

Holly Springs, a town of about 25,000 in the Triangle region of North Carolina, has built its own network to connect community anchor institutions and has an interest in using it to spur economic development and other community benefits but a 2011 law pushed by Time Warner Cable makes some of that more difficult. City… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2014

Early Lessons from Longmont – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 106

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/early-lessons-longmont-community-broadband-bits-podcast-106

Longmont is about to break ground on the citywide FTTH gigabit network but it is already offering services to local businesses and a few neighborhoods that started as pilot projects. Vince Jordan, previously a guest two years ago, is back to update us on their progress. Until recently, Vince was the Telecom Manager for Longmont… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 1, 2014

Reflections on Mountain Connect Rural Broadband Conference – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 105

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/reflections-mountain-connect-rural-broadband-conference-community-broadband-bits-podcast-105

With so many people on vacation this week for Independence Day, we decided to take it easy and reflect on my trip to Colorado to discuss rural broadband at the Mountain Connect conference. Lisa and I reflect on the event and what other states can learn from Colorado. Though the Colorado legislature previously bowed to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 27, 2014

Senators and Representatives Back FCC Move to Restore Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/senators-and-representatives-back-fcc-move-restore-local-authority

Citing the importance of Internet access to economic development, a number of Congressional Democrats are calling on FCC Chairman Wheeler to make good on his intention to remove barriers to community owned networks. Senator Edward Markey is the lead from the Senate and Representative Doyle in the House. And this Minnesotan takes pride in seeing… Continue reading

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

Update: Restoring Local Authority to Build Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/update-restoring-local-authority-build-community-networks

It has been a busy few weeks for those of focused on restoring local authority to communities over the matter of building Internet networks. But for those of you who are just wondering what is happening, we haven’t done the best job of keeping you in the loop. A few weeks ago, we noted the… Continue reading

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

Transcript: Christopher Mitchell on KGNU’s “It’s the Economy”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/transcript-christopher-mitchell-kgnus-its-economy

This is a transcript from a 27 minute radio interview I did with Gavin Dahl from KGNU radio’s “It’s the Economy” show.” Listen to the show here. Many thanks to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript. http://www.kgnu.org/economy/6/19/2014 00:34: Gavin Dahl: Tonight, on “It’s the Economy,” interviews with Professor Jesse Drew, author of the book, “A… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 24, 2014

Fiber as Real Estate – Allied Fiber on Episode 104 of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fiber-real-estate-allied-fiber-episode-104-community-broadband-bits-podcast

I recall first hearing about Alled Fiber a few years back and not thinking much about it. It seemed like another operator focused on connecting wireless towers and building long haul fiber… but then I heard Hunter Newby’s presentation at Mountain Connect in Colorado. When he noted the need to have infrastructure that financiers could… Continue reading