Chris Mitchell Shares Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; Addressing Big City Community Networks

Date: 9 Jan 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We originally published this story on, ILSR’s site dedicated to our broadband initiative. This is the first in a series of articles on Seattle and Gigabit Squared by Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Initiative. A few weeks ago, a … Read More

Small Iowa Town’s Telecom Utility Long Time Coming: Broadband Bits #53

Date: 8 Jul 2013 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Waverly, a town of 10,000 in Iowa, decided to create a city owned telecommunications utility with a successful referendum vote in 2000 but has only recently decided to move forward with a major investment to offer services. Mike Litterer, Interim … Read More

“The Monopoly Magnate”

Date: 6 Mar 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR is following HB 282, restrictive legislation moving through the Georgia General Assembly. The bill would effectively end the ability for existing networks to expand. Communities considering investing in their own telecommunications networks would face almost insurmountable financial and practical … Read More

ILSR Releases New Community Networks Map

Date: 26 Feb 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has released a new interactive map showcasing 342 community owned networks throughout the United States that serve local businesses and residents. The Community Internet Map is available at More

ILSR Monitors Georgia Legislation to Kill Municipal Networks

Date: 20 Feb 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Once again, the Georgia General Assembly is considering a bill that would devastate local communities’ right to build their own telecommunications networks. ILSR is monitoring this House Bill 282 as it moves through through the Senate and House. The bill, … Read More

Harold Feld Talks Fundamentals of Telecom Policy on Community Broadband Bits Podcast

Date: 12 Feb 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Community Broadband Bits Podcast recently published episode #32, a talk with Harold Feld of Public Knowledge. Harold is Senior Vice President of the organization which focuses on advocating for digital rights. Harold also authors Tales of the Sausage Factory, … Read More

Christopher Mitchell Interviewed For Podcast

Date: 4 Feb 2013 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Christopher Mitchell was recently interviewed by Bill Lindeke from Bill, a PhD Candidate in Geography, published the podcast as part of the blog. He wanted to talk to Christopher about the work at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. … Read More

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