Community Broadband Bits 16 – JD Lester and Larry Gates – Chanute, Kansas

Community Broadband Bits 16 – JD Lester and Larry Gates – Chanute, Kansas

Date: 9 Oct 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Following the release of our case study on Chanute, Kansas, we have an interview with City Manager JD Lester and Director of Utilities Larry Gates for our 16th podcast — Community Broadband Bits.

JD Lester and Larry Gates discuss Chanute’s network and its impact on their rural community. As detailed in the case study, Chanute built a fiber optic and wireless broadband network to connect schools, public safety, and local businesses. And they did it all without bonding or borrowing — an impressive feat with implications for many other communities that have similar needs.

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Thanks to Fit and the Conniptions for the music, licensed using Creative Commons.

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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.