In the Wall Street Journal: Rural Families Struggle With Work and School With No Home Internet

Date: 14 Sep 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the News: Christopher Mitchell

August 31, 2020

Media Outlet: The Wall Street Journal

Months after work and school went remote for millions of Americans, some communities are still waiting to get online. In the Wall Street Journal, members of a rural community in West Virginia discuss the daily toll in their life that this struggle to receive home Internet takes. ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell also explains the failures of US broadband policy that has kept communities from getting connected.

We see states that are still making policy based on what the cable and telephone companies, the big cable and telephone companies, tell them. But we electrified the country by recognizing that those business models do not work for all of America.

Read more in the article or watch the full video:

Watch on the WSJ website here.


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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 MuniNetworks.org, 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! 

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