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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 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

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 31, 2014

The FCC Is Our Best Shot 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/fcc-our-best-shot-restore-local-authority

For the first time in many years, we have an opportunity to repeal some particularly destructive state laws limiting investment in community networks. To be clear, this is our best shot. I’ve already covered the background and offered a blanket encouragement for you to post comments. Chairman Wheeler has been looking for an opportunity to… Continue reading

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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