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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 Sep 30, 2014

Connecticut Communities Want Better Internet Access – Community Broadband Bits Episode 118

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/connecticut-communities-want-better-internet-access-community-broadband-bits-episode-118

While in Springfield, Massachusetts for the Broadband Communities Municipal Broadband and Economic Development event, I met several of the people that have been working on an initiative that aims to bring better Internet access to many in Connecticut. Two of them, Connecticut Consumer Counsel Elin Katz and Broadband Policy Coordinator Bill Vallee join me this… Continue reading

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Dakota County is Fiber Rich Thanks to Dig Once Approach – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 117

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/dakota-county-fiber-rich-thanks-dig-once-approach-community-broadband-bits-podcast-117

Calls for “dig once” policies have resonated for years. The general idea is that we can more fiber and conduit in the ground at lower prices if we coordinate to include them in various projects that already disturb the ground. In the south Twin Cities metro in Minnesota, Dakota County has been tweaking its dig… Continue reading

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Reflections on the Internet Governance Forum – Community Broadband Bits Episode 116

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/reflections-internet-governance-forum-community-broadband-bits-episode-116

This week, Lisa Gonzalez interviews me about my recent trip to the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. The IGF is an opportunity for anyone concerned with Internet Governance on planet Earth to discuss the perceived problems and possible solutions. It uses a multi-stakeholder format, which means that governments, businesses, civil society, and academics are… Continue reading

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First Muni Fiber Net in Maine – Community Broadband Bits Episode 115

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/first-muni-fiber-net-maine-community-broadband-bits-episode-115

By building a fiber line to allow some local businesses to get next-generation Internet access, Rockport became the first municipal fiber network in the state of Maine. Town Manager Richard Bates joins us for episode 115 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. We discuss the financing behind the network and their partnership with local Internet… Continue reading

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Sallisaw: The First Muni Fiber Network in Oklahoma – Community Broadband Bits Episode 114

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/sallisaw-first-muni-fiber-network-oklahoma-community-broadband-bits-episode-114

Sallisaw is one of many small municipal FTTH networks that most people are not familiar with. For a decade, they have been quietly meeting their community’s needs with DiamondNet. For this week’s Community Broadband Bits, we learn more about it in a conversation with Assistant City Manager Keith Skelton and Network Communications Supervisor Danny Keith…. Continue reading

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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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