Sean Gonsalves

Senior Reporter and Editor

As Senior Reporter and Editor at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Community Broadband Networks Initiative, Sean is well-versed in how federal broadband funds in the American Rescue Plan Act and the BEAD program are being put to use by states and local communities. He is currently an active board member for the middle-mile network OpenCape, which serves Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts. He is also an advisory board member for FalmouthNet, a citizen-led nonprofit spearheading an effort to bring fiber-to-the-home service to the town of Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod where he lives.

In Sean’s role, he advocates for universal access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet service. The CBN website – – contains over 4,000 stories, nearly 600 podcasts, dozens of reports, policy briefs, case studies, and instructional videos on the broadband-ification of America; and, they are one the nation’s leading storehouses of information on municipal broadband and other forms of publicly-owned, locally-controlled broadband networks.