Join Community Broadband Networks director Chris Mitchell for “Approaches for Local Governments to Expand Internet Access” on Thursday, June 12 from 3pm-4pm to learn from other communities about strategies to creating a successful community broadband network.
Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
Mitchell leads the acclaimed MuniNetworks.org as part of ILSR’s effort to ensure broadband networks are directly accountable to the communities that depend upon them.
Recently, Mitchell and colleague Lisa Gonzalez wrote a policy brief on the state of broadband in rural Minnesota – featuring local communities who have pursued public or public-private partnerships for a community broadband network. Communities include Lac qui Parle County, Scott County, Windom, Sibley County, Monticello, Chaska and Buffalo. (download the report here: Minnesota Governments Advance Super-Fast Internet Networks.) Chris will talk about the successes and barriers that communities have experienced – giving participants a chance to learn from their neighbors.
Mitchell is a leading national expert on community networks, advises high-ranking broadband decision-makers, speaks on radio and television programs in markets across the United States, and frequently presents at telecommunications policy events around the world.