As part of the FCC’s Gigabit Cities Challenge, the agency plans to host a series of workshops over the next several months. The workshops will focus on tools communities can use to expand connectivity, changing telecommunications policy, and will present experts from the field.
Christopher Mitchell participated in the first workshop on March 26th in Washington, D.C. Christopher discussed the benefits of municipal networks and presented strategies from different communities around the country.
Christopher talked about ILSR’s Community Network Map and highlighted some examples of economic development, public savings, and quality of life benefits we have found in our research.
Video of the event is available in the FCC Archives. The workshop ran for most of the day and Christopher is on the last panel. While the entire video is informative and includes representatives from all areas of telecommunications, Christopher’s panel starts at around minute 235 (you could also view just the video of the last panel by scrolling down the page).
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