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In this episode, Andrew Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, and founder of the advocacy group, Campaign to Defend Local Solutions, joins Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR's Community Broadband Network's initiative and Nick Stumo-Langer, ILSR's communications manager for the latest episode of the Building Local Power podcast. The trio go into detail on the issue of preemption and what the state-level attacks on local sovereignty mean for communities across the country.

"There's a nimbleness to local governments that I think people have an appreciation for," says Gillum. "…The legislature [is trying to] exclude us from being able to make any investments in that space for the greater good."

Check out the Campaign to Defend Local Solutions's website to learn more.

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For full transcript of this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, click here.

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Audio Credit: Funk Interlude by Dysfunction_AL Ft: Fourstones – Scomber (Bonus Track). Copyright, 2016.

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