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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 Jan 27, 2015

OneCommunity’s Middle Way – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 135

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/onecommunitys-middle-way-community-broadband-bits-podcast-135

OneCommunity is a nonprofit organization in northeastern Ohio that has connected thousands of community anchor institutions with high capacity connections. Created as OneCleveland before expanding, it has remained a rather unique approach to expanding high quality Internet access. This week, CEO Lev Gonick joins us to talk about OneCommunity and its contributions to the region…. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 24, 2015

Transcript: Community Broadband Bits Episode 134

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-134

Thanks to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript for Episode 134 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast with Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows and head of Ting. Listen to this episode here. 00:08: Elliot Noss: You know, I think that fiber infrastructure is the most important economic asset that any town, city, or country could… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 22, 2015

U.S. Senator Cory Booker Introduces Community Broadband Act

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/us-senator-cory-booker-introduces-community-broadband-act

Senator Booker has taken the lead in introducing the Community Broadband Act to the U.S. Senate along with Senators McCaskill and Markey. We are thankful for their leadership on the issue. As part of their announcement, they included the following statements: “As Mayor of Newark, I saw firsthand the value of empowering local communities to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 20, 2015

Most Municipal Networks Built in Conservative Cities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/most-municipal-networks-built-conservative-cities

We’ve been curious about voting patterns from communities that have built their own networks so we took our community broadband networks map and analyzed some election data. A substantial majority of communities that have built their own networks vote Republican. We decided to stick with the citywide networks, where a community has taken the greatest… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 20, 2015

Use Social Media to Support Local Choice!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/use-social-media-support-local-choice

Join us on February 2 as we make the case for local Internet choice – with a few simple clicks, you can join our Thunderclap, where all of our social media accounts will publish a message in favor of local choice. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice is encouraging people to sign up in advance… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 20, 2015

Ting Delivering FTTH Is Great News for Community Fiber – Community Broadband Bits Episode 134

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ting-delivering-ftth-great-news-community-fiber-community-broadband-bits-episode-134

In recent weeks, we have been excited to see announcements from Ting, a company long known for being a great wireless provider (both Lisa and I are customers), that is now getting into FTTH deployments. The first announcement was from Charlottesville where it acquired another company. Last week they announced a partnership with Westminster, Maryland…. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 16, 2015

Transcript: Community Broadband Bits Episode 133

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-133

Thanks to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript for Episode 133 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast with Howard County CIO Chris Merdon the Maryland County’s efforts to improve Internet access by building a fiber network. Listen to this episode here. 00:08: Chris Merdon: In this case, the landlord believes that it’s a great attractor… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 14, 2015

President Obama Speaks Against Barriers to Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/president-obama-speaks-barriers-community-networks/

When we started to hear rumors that the White House was investigating community owned networks, we were excited but not sure what to expect. I have to admit that seeing President Obama – the President of the United States – saying that Cedar Falls was smart to invest in themselves was much more powerful than… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2015

Howard County Fiber Encourages New Jobs, Competition in Maryland – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 133

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/howard-county-fiber-encourages-new-jobs-competition-maryland-community-broadband-bits

While at the Broadband Communities Economic Development conference in Springfield last year, I had the good fortune to catch a panel with Chris Merdon, the CIO of Howard County, Maryland. Howard County has become an Internet Service Provider, not just to itself, but to private firms as well. To improve Internet access for businesses, it… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 11, 2015

Network Neutrality – Warnings From Radio Regulation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/network-neutrality-warnings-radio-regulation

Many of us in the public interest telecommunications sphere are excited that the FCC appears poised to reclassify Internet access, which seems a necessary first step of protecting the open Internet. Though we often focus on the false claims of the self-interested cable and telephone lobbyists when criticizing those who oppose FCC action on this,… Continue reading