Statement: Gigi Sohn “is a wonderful match” for the American Association of Public Broadband

Date: 3 May 2023 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

MINNEAPOLIS (May 9, 2022): After it was announced today at the Broadband Communities Summit in Houston, Texas that Gigi Sohn will be the first Executive Director of the recently formed American Association of Public Broadband (AAPB), Christopher Mitchell said:

“We think this is a wonderful match. Gigi brings a wealth of passion and knowledge to AAPB and with her leadership, this is a great opportunity to make sure everyone has high-quality Internet access. Gigi is highly respected by digital equity advocates everywhere. The dishonest attacks in opposition to her FCC nomination compromise the effectiveness of the FCC at this critical juncture in U.S. telecommunications, but advocates for better Internet access have gained a tremendous ally.”


About Christopher Mitchell:
Christopher is one of the foremost experts in the country on all things broadband and can speak with a rare depth and breadth of knowledge on trends and developments on Internet policy. He has led the Community Broadband Networks initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance for 16 years and built to serve as a clearinghouse of information about local broadband solutions and partnerships. He has hosted more than 500 shows of the Community Broadband Bits podcast and more than two years of the Connect This! YouTube livestream. Christopher has received numerous awards for his work on Internet policy and has been on Marketplace, 1A, The Takeaway, and many more national shows. 

About the Institute for Local Self-Reliance:
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has a vision of thriving, equitable communities. We are a national research and advocacy organization that partners with allies across the country to build an American economy driven by local priorities and accountable to people and the planet.

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