Christopher Mitchell

Director - Institute for Local Self Reliance
Minneapolis , MN

Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.  He has worked as a server administrator, web geek, and in automated quality assurance for software. He earned a Master's degree in Public Policy from the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Macalester College.

Mitchell has spoken at conferences across the United States on the subject of publicly owned broadband, occasionally to directly debate opponents of public ownership.  On a day-to-day basis, Mitchell runs an ILSR website dedicated to community broadband issues at  His research and reports are available online at

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance seeks to change the rules that undermine the strength of local economies and the long-term vitality of communities. We make the rules and the rules make us.