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Chris Mitchell


Chris Mitchell is policy director of Next Century Cities, a city-to-city initiative founded to support communities and their elected leaders as they seek to ensure access for all to fast, affordable and reliable broadband. He also is director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Minneapolis.

On a day-to-day basis, Mitchell runs, an online clearinghouse of information about community broadband. He was honored by Government Technology magazine in 2012 as one of the nations top 25 public-technology "doers, drivers and dreamers." He earned his master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota.

Communities face a lot of challenges in improving Internet access. The key is engaging stakeholders in a collaborative process.