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Billy Ray on the Origins of the First Muni Broadband Network: Community Broadband Bits Episode #74

| Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 26, 2013 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/billy-ray-on-the-origins-of-the-first-muni-broadband-network-community-broadband-bits-episode-74/

Last month, we unveiled a video teaser of our interviews in Glasgow, Kentucky over the summer regarding its municipal broadband network. This week our podcast features a few clips from those interviews with Billy Ray, the Superintendent of Glasgow’s Electric Plant Board.

He offers more context on the history of their network, including how they became “savvy marketers” when faced with stiff competition from Telescripts – a cable company that cared nothing for Glasgow until they dared to build a rival system operated for community benefit.

He details how they began producing local content and the surprisingly most popular show they developed – what would eventually come to be known as “reality TV.”

We thank Media Working Group, our partners in this documentary for the high quality interviews.

We want your feedback and suggestions for the show – please e-mail us or leave a comment below. Also, feel free to suggest other guests, topics, or questions you want us to address.

This show is 10 minutes long and can be played below on this page or via iTunes or via the tool of your choice using this feed.

Listen to previous episodes here. You can can download this Mp3 file directly from here.

Thanks to Haggard Beat for the music, licensed using Creative Commons.