In studying the role of municipalities in broadband infrastructure deployment, it is important to remember that municipalities act with a public motive and not a profit motive. Municipalities invest in schools, roads, hospitals, senior centers, marinas, airports, and convention centers, all assets that positively differentiate one community from another. In those areas, direct investment by municipalities is accepted and indeed often encouraged, even though private firms can (and do) build private schools, hospitals, health clubs, marinas, and conference centers that coexist with municipal infrastructure.
Lisa Gonzalez has been a native Minnesotan since the day she set foot here in 1990. She is thrilled to be working on examining and advancing the concept of connectivity, an integral and expanding part of our economy and our quality of life, through community broadband.
Lisa's background includes freelance journalism, law, state politics, higher ed, crafting design, and her favorite role - being a parent. She has learned boatloads from each and every experience and is excited about this new adventure. Lisa and her two daughters live for camping, biking, and hanging out and share their home with a cat named Trixie.
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