The Network Project

Media Working Group has begun production on an ambitious documentary project in collaboration with Christopher Mitchell and The Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Muninetworks Project. The Network Project is a documentary and multiplatform documedia initiative that looks at high-speed Internet style communication networks as one of the core, defining infrastructures of 21st century life.  This video is an excerpt from an interview we did with William “Billy” Ray, the person most responsible for Glasgow, Kentucky’s publicly owned broadband network, the first in the US.


The critical focus of the project will be the history of development and regulation that has shaped the emergence of these networks. And it will look to the future by exploring the truly ‘high-speed’, publicly owned networks being created by local governments all over the US, despite strident opposition from the cable and telephone duopoly.

The Network Project starts with a fundamental question: how have U.S. networks – now required for effective participation in civic life, education and government — come to be controlled by a handful of mega-corporations?

Contact: Fred Johnson [fjohnson at]



Media Working Group is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, California Endowment, Frances Fund, Kentucky Humanities Council, Kentucky Historical Commission, and private donors.

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