Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative with the New Rules Project of 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 is a leading national expert on community broadband and speaks at conferences across the United States on the subject, occasionally to directly debate opponents of public ownership. He has been published in multiple newspapers, online news sites, and publications such as NATOA Journal, Municipal Advocate, and Broadband Properties.
On a day-to-day basis, Mitchell runs Community Broadband Networks, the comprehensive online clearinghouse of information about community broadband. In May, 2010, he published the comprehensive report on publicly owned broadband networks titled Breaking the Broadband Monopoly: How Communities Are Building the Networks They Need. In April 2011, Mitchell released the Community Broadband Map, the first map to plot all the wired community owned networks in the nation.
He is also a professional sports photographer, shooting regularly for Minnesota’s Golden Gophers and other clients in Minnesota.