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Thursday, April 19 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The community broadband movement and digital inclusion

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Across the country, municipalities and other local leaders are investing in community-owned high-speed broadband networks. Community broadband can bring gigabit speeds to homes and businesses, extend fast broadband to unserved rural communities, create needed competition for private monopolies, and preserve the principles of open, neutral networks. Can it also support digital inclusion and affordable access for the disadvantaged residents of the communities it serves?

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Chris Mitchell

Director, Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) in Minneapolis.On a day-to-day basis, Mitchell runs MuniNetworks.org, the comprehensive online clearinghouse of information about local government... Read More →
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Deb Socia

President, The Enterprise Center
Deb Socia is the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, a nonprofit that strives to support community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet. More than 180 cities strong, Next Century Cities is committed... Read More →