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After having met City Councilmember Caitlin Copple at last year's Broadband Communities event in Austin and seeing the progress Missoula, Montana, has made in considering a municipal fiber network, I knew we should ask her to be on the show. This week, she joins me and Karen Palmer, the Director of Operations for a local tech company in Missoula, LMG, for episode 112 of Community Broadband [no-glossary]Bits[/no-glossary].
After surveying local businesses, Missoula found a strong need for better services and is examining its options for an open access fiber network. They are fortunate to have already identified some service providers that want to work with them on the project.
Additionally, the network would be a boon for community anchor institutions, from schools to hospitals, and facilities owned by either the County or City.
Read a transcript of this show, episode 112, courtesy of Jeff Hoel.
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