Community Networks – Audio

The Restart Project Podcast: Community Infrastructure with Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN) (26 July 2019)

“I wanted broadband”, says Chris Conder, co-founder of the Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN). We learn from the bold initiative of a community in Lancashire who simply wanted access to the Internet and decided to start their own community-run broadband infrastructure.

Throughout our interview with Conder, we also hear from B4RN volunteers, staff and participants at their “Computer Clubs”, where people get technical help with their broadband. Listen here.

NPR: How a Radio Frequency is Delivering High-Speed Internet to Small Towns (29 May 2019)

Students who don’t have access to high-speed internet are part of the “homework gap,” In Michigan, some will get it via an obscure government radio frequency carrying it to the Upper Peninsula. Listen here.

Rural Spark Podcast: DIY Broadband: a solution for remote communities? (09 May 2019)

Rob McMahon, co-founder of the First Mile Connectivity Consortium, tells us how some Indigenous communities are finding their own connectivity solutions. New to the pod? Every week Helen Murphy, a rural newspaper editor and entrepreneur, invites guests to share fresh thinking, success stories and lessons learned. Be sure to subscribe to stay up-to-date on all things rural innovation! Listen here.

Talking Rural Broadband, the Internet, and Media with Dr. Christopher Ali – Broadband Bits Podcast 355 (07 May 2019)

The Austin, Texas, 2019 Broadband Communities Summit was about a month ago, but we’re still enjoying the experience by sharing Christopher’s onsite podcast interviews. This week, he and University of Virginia Assistant Professor Christopher Ali have an insightful conversation about rural broadband, media, and the Internet — and we get to listen in. Listen here.

Audio Interference 64: Community Networks (26 April 2019)

In today’s episode, we’ll learn about community networks around the world, including NYC Mesh, FunkFeuer, and Rhizomatica. Community Networks offer local communities the opportunity to own and control their communication infrastructure. Listen here.

NPR: Why the Internet Fast Lane Has Bypassed Rural America (12 July 2017)

Broadband access for more than 23 million rural Americans is lousy. Microsoft says it wants to change that. The tech giant calls it an effort to serve communities who feel left behind. But what’s behind this latest push? Politics or economics? Joining us to discuss it are Christopher Mitchell, director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Jennifer Levitz, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and Matt Larsen, founder and CEO of Vistabeam, a rural internet service provider. Today, we also discussed a little-known story from World War I, when U.S. General John Pershing recruited more than 200 women for a dangerous and crucial assignment. They were sent through submarine-infested waters to the front lines and placed in charge of one of the U.S. military’s most effective tools — the telephone. We talk to Elizabeth Cobbs, author of “The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers.” Find that story and all our shows at Listen here.