Thanks to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript for episode 103 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast on the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC). Listen to this episode here.
Chris Mitchell: The decision should be made locally. And if people -- if local governments -- want to choose not to get involved, or if they want to choose their own way of working with the incumbent providers, then that's terrific. And we support them to make that choice.
Lisa Gonzalez: Hi there. You're listening again to the Community Broadband Bits Podcast, brought to you by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. And I'm Lisa Gonzalez.
Earlier this month, we wrote about a new organization, the Coalition for Local Internet Choice, also known as CLIC. The organization advances the philosophy that Internet is an essential 21st century infrastructure, local communities are the lifeblood of America, and that local communities must be able to make their own choices. In this edition of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast, Chris, who is a Senior Advisor with CLIC, provided some back story on the creation of the coalition. He also shared some tips on what you can do to advocate for local choice in your community. If you feel that your community is best suited to decide its own Internet destiny, you need to join the coalition, and make your voice heard. We encourage you to check out the CLIC website at localnetchoice.org and follow the organization on Twitter. The handle is @localnetchoice.
Chris Mitchell: Hey, Lisa, can you come over here?
Lisa: Hey, Chris. So what's going on?
Chris: Hey, I just wanted to tell you about this great new organization: the Coalition for Local Internet Choice, or CLIC.
Lisa: I think I've heard a little bit about that. Why don't you describe it a little bit better?
Chris: I think you might have written a little bit about it already. Yes. But I'll tell you about it. It's the Coalition for Local Internet Choice -- the idea being that every community should be able to decide locally, for itself, if it's smart to make its own investments in Internet access, or if they...Read more