Municipal WiFi: A Minneapolis Discussion

Geoff Daily, a Minnesota native living in DC, and Christopher Mitchell, the Director of Telecommunications as Commons for the Institute for Local Self Reliance discuss the role of municipalities in the growth of broadband with a Minneapolis perspective:

Key lines from Christopher:

“Here in St. Paul and Minneapolis they’re building a $1 billion light rail line. You could probably wire the entire metro area for that kind of money.”

“The idea that anyone is going to be excited about jumping into new responsibilities is probably fairly absurd. I sympathize with those who say, ‘I just don’t want to get involved with this.’ But, when you look at a community that 100 years ago or 70 years ago said, ‘I don’t want to get involved with this electricity stuff.’ Those communities either got involved or they disappeared.”

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