The Perils of Privatization (Episode 9)

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews David Morris, a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the director of the Public Good initiative. The two discuss the climate surrounding privatization in our economy and how the incoming Trump administration will bolster these efforts nationwide.

Morris delves deep into the history of public infrastructure including explanations of how our language around the subject has changed over the years, privatization in other countries, and hope for the future.… Read More

How 2017 Will Transform Broadband Opportunities for Local Governments

Date: 10 Jan 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This may well be the year of local government broadband solutions. For some communities, it will be because they are prepared to step up and are excited about ensuring all residents and businesses in the community have the tools to thrive in the digital economy. For others, it will be a last resort in the face of new political and economic challenges — but many will be taking action.… Read More

Why Marsha Blackburn’s Rise Is Bad News for Net Neutrality and Science

Date: 10 Jan 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The telecom industry’s favorite Congressperson, Marsha Blackburn, has recently been elevated in Trump’s Washington. For their analysis on what that could mean for municipal broadband and Internet access competition, generally, Motherboard Vice‘s Jason Koebler and Sam Gustin reached out to broadband expert Christoper Mitchell for his thoughts.… Read More

After millions of investment, jurisdictions try to achieve potential of fiber network

Date: 31 Dec 2016 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As Baltimore is looking toward a better connectivity for its citizens, the Baltimore Sun wanted to know what the benefits and process for a community broadband network looked like. They turned to our national broadband expert, Christopher Mitchell, for his thoughts on broadband deployment and what communities across America have done to improve that outlook.… Read More

The Hole in the Digital Economy

Date: 16 Dec 2016 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Bridging the digital divide for rural communities across America is one of the central challenges of government in the 21st century. Writing for the MIT Technology Review, researcher David Talbot details how local communities investing in Internet access infrastructure is the way to help bring all communities onto an equal plane. In his research he cites broadband expert Christopher Mitchell and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s work.… Read More

Amazon’s Growing Stranglehold (Episode 6)

Date: 1 Dec 2016 | posted in: Building Local Power, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Stacy Mitchell (no relation) ILSR Co-Director and Senior Researcher for the Community-Scaled Economies initiative about their latest report: Amazon’s Stranglehold: How the Company’s Tightening Grip is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities. Mitchell details the main points from the recent report including the startling fact that nearly $1 of every $2 spent online are spent on Amazon.… Read More

Media Outlets Cover 2016 Colorado Broadband Ballot Initiatives

Date: 1 Dec 2016 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On November 8th, 2016, 26 Colorado cities and counties joined 69 of their fellow communities in opting out of the restrictive, anti-municipal broadband state law, SB 152. For years, we at ILSR have been covering the developments in Colorado as voters reclaim local telecommunications authority. The media, both locally and nationally, took notice of our efforts.… Read More

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