Christopher Mitchell

Director, Community Broadband Networks

Institute for Local Self-Reliance


Christopher Mitchell is a leading national expert on community networks and Internet access. He also serves as the Policy Director for Next Century Cities within his role at ILSR.

On a day-to-day basis, Mitchell runs, the comprehensive online clearinghouse of information about local government policies to improve Internet access. Their interactive community broadband network map tracks more than 500 such networks. He also hosts podcasts, including Community Broadband Bits and Building Local Power.

The Coalition for Local Internet Choice named the Institute for Local Self-Reliance its National Organization of the Year in 2018. In 2015, the White House used Mitchell’s research as building blocks in a National Economic Council report encouraging community networks. He was honored as one of the 2012 Top 25 in Public Sector Technology by Government Technology, which honors the top “Doers, Drivers, and Dreamers” in the nation each year. That same year, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors named ILSR the Broadband Organization of the Year.

Photo is courtesy of Glenn Ricart.

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