Christopher Mitchell

Date: 22 Jan 2009 | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative.  He has worked as a server administrator, web geek, and in automated software quality assurance. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Macalester College.

Christopher’s work focuses on telecommunications — helping communities ensure the networks upon which they depend, are accountable to the community.  He has published several reports, articles, and interviews while also offering technical assistance to communities around the country.  He can be contacted at

In the Minneapolis office, Christopher tries not to distract his colleague John Farrell more than 5 times per day.  He is also a sports photographer and rock climbing enthusiast.  While on rock-climbing trips, Chris is known to stop by nearby community broadband networks for a tour.

In case you are curious, Christopher and Stacy are not related.

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Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with ILSR. He is a leading national expert on community networks, Internet access, and local broadband policies. Christopher built, the comprehensive online clearinghouse of information about local government policies to improve Internet access. Its interactive community broadband network map tracks more than 600 such networks. He also hosts audio and video shows online, including Community Broadband Bits and Connect This!