Broadband At the Speed of Light: How Three Communities Built Next-Generation Networks

Broadband At the Speed of Light: How Three Communities Built Next-Generation Networks

by Christopher Mitchell

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BN ID: 2940014493826
Publisher: Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Publication date: 04/09/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 75
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He has worked as a server administrator, web geek, and in various other technical capacities. He earned a Master's degree in Public Policy, focusing on science and technology policy, from the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Macalester College.

Mitchell has spoken at conferences across the United States on the subject of publicly owned broadband, occasionally to directly debate opponents of public ownership. He has been published in a number of newspapers and magazines.

Mitchell's work has earned him recognition from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisers and Government Technology, which named him one of the nation's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers of public sector technology in 2012.

On a day-to-day basis, Mitchell runs a website dedicated to community broadband issues at His most recent publication has three in-depth case studies of the community fiber networks in Chattanooga, Tenn.; Lafayette, La.; and Bristol, Va.

In May, 2010, he published a comprehensive report on publicly owned broadband networks titled “Breaking the Broadband Monopoly: How Communities Are Building the Networks They Need.”

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