I had the great fortune to speak to a group of political, civic, educational, and business leaders at beautiful Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. I presented on the risks, rewards, and challenges of municipalities building out there own high capacity broadband infrastructure. It was a fun and productive conversation with lots of color and valuable insight provided by the various attendees. My big takeaway is that smaller cities, that have goals for growth and business development, are tired of waiting for big telecom and cable to build out the infrastructure necessary to compete in the new economy. Towns like Kenosha will not stand by and fall behind while the big companies build out world class infrastructure only in large cities and affluent regions. Expect to see more municipal builds and private/ public partnerships as the Kenosha sized cities look to take control of their own development destiny.