The City of Seattle’s Citizens’ Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board (CTTAB) is exploring implications of a municipally-owned broadband system in Seattle with a presentation and discussion with Christopher Mitchell, director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Mitchell is a leading national expert on community networks and speaks at conferences across the United States on telecommunications policy.
On October 8, 6:30 p.m. at Seattle City Hall (Bertha Knight Landes room, 600 4th Avenue, Seattle), Mitchell will discuss the realistic feasibility of a municipally-owned broadband network that delivers high-speed internet access, such as:
- Case studies of successful and unsuccessful attempts to create a publicly-owned network
- Considerations in planning and implementation of a publicly-owned network
- Social benefits of a publicly-owned broadband network
- Audience questions
As the City evaluates strategies to increase the availability of competitive, affordable and equitable broadband options, this session will help inform the decisions that will be made. Come to this educational event to gain valuable insight and information regarding the possible future of Seattle’s broadband infrastructure.