Chelan PUD is asking the people of their rural community whether they “love” or “just like” their beleaguered and pioneering fiber-optic network. At a series of public input meetings to… Continue reading
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About ChristopherChristopher Mitchell is the Director of the Telecommunications as Commons 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
Lisa Gonzalez has joined the Institute for Local Self-Reliance as a broadband researcher. We are excited to have her and look forward to seeing some of her work show up here on Community Broadband Networks.
A little background on Lisa:
Lisa Gonzalez h… Continue reading
The National Rural Assembly, an advocate for America’s hinterland, continues to track harmful legislation moving through the Kentucky Legislature. The assembly’s Rural Broadband Policy Group&nb… Continue reading
Ars Technica, March 13, 2012 One of the benefits of living next to a municipal Internet Service Provider came into focus this month. Residents of Monticello, Minnesota found a hastily composed flyer in their mailboxes. The missive listed Charter Cable’s basic and digital tier offerings, with an extra enticement scribbled in hand on the right… Continue reading
UTOPIA, the pioneering and oft-maligned open access FTTH network in Utah, has announced the DISH network as their latest service provider.
“We are partnering with DISH Network to provide mo… Continue reading
At BoingBoing.net, ILSR paints a vivid picture, shoot-out style, of their new infographic. Cory Doctorow spoke with Christopher Mitchell about what those “special offers” in Monticello mean. Continue reading
When Monticello, Minnesota, decided to build its community fiber network — Fibernet Monticello — it expected the incumbents to lower their prices and fight to keep subscribers. But Monticello had no idea the lengths to which they would go. The telephone incumbent, TDS, delayed the project for a year with a frivolous lawsuit and then… Continue reading
Chattanooga’s EPBFi community fiber network has been one of the most celebrated muni networks in the nation. They were the first to offer a gigabit to anyone in the city and have launched a bo… Continue reading
Since 2002, Government Technology magazine has dedicated its March issue to highlight 25 people across the country who cut through the public sector’s infamous barriers to innovation – tight budgets, organizational inertia, politics as usual, etc. – to reshape government operations for the better. This year, they honored an eclectic group of individuals from government, academia and the private sector who share a willingness to challenge convention and find new answers to long-standing issues. One of those 2012 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers was our very own Chistopher Mitchell! Continue reading
We have heard rumors that the Minnesota Cable Communications Association (MCCA) has ramped up its lobbying efforts in the capitol over the past few weeks and now we know why — Representative R… Continue reading