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Net Neutrality, Chevron Deference, and The Hotspot Problem | Episode 98 of the Connect This! Show

Join us Friday, July 19th at 2pm ET for the latest episode of the Connect This! Show. Co-hosts Christopher Mitchell and Travis Carter will be joined by regular guests Kim McKinley (UTOPIA Fiber) and Doug Dawson (CCG Consulting) and recurring guest Gigi Sohn (American Association for Public Broadband) to talk about net neutrality, the consequences we expect to see as a result of the recent striking down of chevron deference, and updates to the e-rate program to privilege hot-spot solutions for poor connectivity. 

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Texas Maps and Plans, Starlink and the Ozone, Sony Lawsuit, and Colorado MDU Laws | Episode 97 of the Connect This! Show

Join us Friday, June 28th at 2pm ET for the latest episode of the Connect This! Show. Co-hosts Christopher Mitchell and Travis Carter will be joined by regular guests Kim McKinley (UTOPIA Fiber) and Doug Dawson (CCG Consulting) to talk about library speed test maps in Texas and broadband plans in San Antonio, whether Starlink will mess with the ozone layer, music giant Sony trying to bully Cox into disconnecting users who engage in IP infringement, and the recent Colorado law aimed at improving competition in MDUs.

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State Broadband Offices, BEAD and the Unserved, the Legacy of the ACP | Episode 96 of the Connect This! Show

Join us Friday, June 7th at 2pm ET for the latest episode of the Connect This! Show. Co-hosts Christopher Mitchell and Travis Carter will be joined by regular guests Kim McKinley (UTOPIA Fiber) and Robert Boyle (Planet Networks) as well as special guest Blair Levin to talk about how state broadband offices are faring under the pressure of BEAD (some not so well), the conundrum of reaching every unserved home with insufficient funds, how medium providers are continuing the spirit of ACP while elected leaders like Ted Cruz attack straw-man versions of the program, and more.

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Untangling BEAD, Minnesota Repeals Preemption Law, and Open Access is Hard | Episode 95 of the Connect This! Show

Join us Friday, May 24th at 2pm ET for the latest episode of the Connect This! Show. Co-hosts Christopher Mitchell and Travis Carter will be joined by regular guests Kim McKinley (UTOPIA Fiber) and Doug Dawson (CCG Consulting) along with special guests Alexis Schrubbe (University of Chicago) and Brian Snider. They’ll talk about how the devil’s in the details with the BEAD program, movement in California surrounding digital discrimination, and Minnesota repealing its state preemption law.

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Net Neutrality Returns, New York’s Affordable Broadband Law Upheld, and the ACP Looks Done | Episode 94 of the Connect This! Show

Join us Friday, May 3rd at 2pm ET for the latest episode of the Connect This! Show. Co-hosts Christopher Mitchell and Travis Carter will be joined by regular guests Kim McKinley (UTOPIA Fiber) and Doug Dawson (CCG Consulting) with special guests Sean Stokes (Partner, Keller and Heckman) and Roger Timmerman (UTOPIA Fiber). On the docket: the return of net neutrality (and whether it matters), the appeals court decision upholding New York state’s affordable broadband law, and our first takeaway from the new broadband nutrition labels.

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Middle-Mile Madness | Episode 93 of the Connect This! Show

The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program represents a generational investment in new infrastructure, and will no doubt bring new fiber connections to millions of households around the country. Is the current state of middle mile in the United States ready? Join us Friday, April 12th at 2pm ET for the latest episode of the Connect This! Show. Co-hosts Christopher Mitchell (ILSR) and Travis Carter (USI Fiber) will be joined by regular guests Doug Dawson (CCG Consulting) and Kim McKinley (UTOPIA Fiber) and a special guest to tackle the often-neglected pathways that connects our cities and towns back to the core networks that make up the Internet.

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Gaming the Data, a Trojan Horse in New York, and Punishing Bad Actors | Episode 92 of the Connect This! Show

Join us Friday, March 29th at 2pm ET for the latest episode of the Connect This! Show. Co-hosts Christopher Mitchell (ILSR) and Travis Carter (USI Fiber) will be joined by regular guest Doug Dawson (CCG Consulting) and Kim McKinley (UTOPIA Fiber) and special guest Gigi Sohn (American Association for Public Broadband) to talk about whether a recent punishment by the FCC against an ISP for overreporting coverage signals an appetite for meaningful change in the challenge process, a bill amendment that would hamstring New York’s Municipal Infrastructure Program, and much more.

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A New Broadband Definition, Rural Tribal Priority Window, and Feasibility Studies | Connect This! Show Episode 91

Join us Friday, March 15th at 1:30pm ET for the latest episode of the Connect This! Show. Co-hosts Christopher Mitchell (ILSR) and Travis Carter (USI Fiber) will be joined by regular guest Doug Dawson (CCG Consulting) and Kim McKinley (UTOPIA Fiber) and special guests Brian Snider (formerly Lit Communities) and Matthew Rantanen (Waskawiwin) to talk about finally getting a new federal definition of broadband, where the Rural Tribal Priority Window stands today, the value of feasibility studies in 2024, and bulk billing practices in multi-dwelling units (MDUs) around the country.

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Metro Connect, AT&T FWA, MDUs, and RDOF | Connect This! Show Episode 90

Join us Friday, March 1st at 3pm ET for the latest episode of the Connect This! Show. Co-hosts Christopher Mitchell (ILSR) and Travis Carter (USI Fiber) will be joined by regular guest Doug Dawson (CCG Consulting) and Kim McKinley (UTOPIA Fiber) and special guest Gigi Sohn (American Association or Public Broadband) to talk about the 2024 Metro Connect conference, multi-dwelling units, AT&T’s fixed wireless dreams, and municipal network developments in Fort Pierce, Florida and elsewhere before ending the show with the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF).

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Are We Doing Digital Equity Wrong? Lessons from the FCC| Connect This! Show Episode 89

On the most recent episode of the Connect This! Show, co-hosts Christopher Mitchell (ILSR) and Travis Carter (USI Fiber) were joined by regular guests Doug Dawson (CCG Consulting) and Kim McKinley (UTOPIA Fiber) tackle the hard questions in digital equity work now that the ACP is going away. Among the discussion: FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel’s recent appearance at the national Net Inclusion conference, and what we can learn from her remarks about how to move ahead productively while avoiding easy mistakes and making sure we stay committed to the course.

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