Tennessee Could Give Taxpayers America’s Fastest Internet For Free, But It Will Give Comcast and AT&T $45 Million Instead

Date: 12 Apr 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Tennessee has long been a thorn in the side of our broadband policy research team, thanks in large part to a pair of realities. 1) Chattanooga, Tenn. has some of the best connectivity in the world thanks to its municipal broadband network and 2) there’s a restrictive state law that disables municipalities from investing in their connectivity. Motherboard Vice‘s Jason Koebler discussed this trend and recent legislative action with Christopher Mitchell.… Read More

Most Americans want to let cities build and sell homegrown Internet service

Date: 11 Apr 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Recently released research from Pew delves into a question of interest to those following our broadband research team, what do Americans think about municipally owned Internet access and investments in better Internet connectivity? In his story for the Washington Post, Brian Fung reached out to our broadband expert Christopher Mitchell for his expertise.… Read More

Thanks To Your Local Economy, Renewables Aren’t Going Anywhere (Episode 15)

Welcome to episode fifteen of the Building Local Power podcast. In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews John Farrell and Karlee Weinmann, researchers for ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative on the prospects of renewable energy … Read More

LanCity Connect: Lancaster’s municipal broadband is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania

Date: 2 Apr 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The initiative for better, local Internet connectivity in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, LanCity Connect, is an interesting and exciting new tactic to get residents of the city better access to the Internet. For this article in Lancaster Online, the author reached out to and leaned on our broadband expert Christopher Mitchell for context and questions on municipal broadband networks across the country.… Read More

Discussing the Future of Community Networks on TWiT

Date: 30 Mar 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On March 24th, Christopher was on episode 232 of the web show “This Week in Enterprise Tech.” Christopher discussed the future of community broadband networks in the Trump era as well as shared information about the models of successful networks across the country.

Christopher begins his discussion of these issues at 29:45 with host Friar Robert Ballecer and guest co-hosts Lou Maresca and Brian Chee. Throughout the show, the group covers the beginning of the FCC Chairmanship of Ajit Pai, how the Senate is legislating against Internet privacy regulations, and how community networks are pushing ahead to achieve better connectivity for local businesses and residents.… Read More

Breaking Through Partisanship: Left-Right-Local (Episode 14)

John Farrell, Director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative, Stacy Mitchell, Director of Community-Scaled Economies, and David Morris join host Christopher Mitchell to reflect on the role and nature of local policies and politics and the innovative economic structures communities are building.… Read More

Christopher Mitchell Speaks to Politico Live on “The Future of the Wireless World”

Date: 9 Mar 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On March 7th, Christopher participated in a panel discussion sponsored by Politico and Qualcomm as part of an event called “The Future of the Wireless World.” The panel was moderated by Politico Technology Reporter Alex Byers and included ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell.… Read More

America’s Major Market Power Problem (Episode 13)

Date: 9 Mar 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell and Stacy Mitchell talk about entrepreneurship — both how it’s plummeted in recent years, and how to bring it back.… Read More

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