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  1. Rockville, MD

    The Washington DC metropolitan area is desparately in need of independent, high quality, music radio.

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    • Radio Station Ownership

      Each radio station should be locally and independently owned by a governing board reflecting the diversity of the community. Non-commercial stations should be given priority.

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        • Minneapolis MN

          Pioneer Press

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          • Northampton, Mass. Northamptonmedia.com is taking local journalism to a new level. Informed democray

            Great serious reporting and citizen journalism helping the community undestand and solve problems/

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            • Birmingham, MI

              Require diversity in content. In Birmingham MI the only cable provider (Comcast) does not make Free Speech TV or Link TV available, at any price. Other programming is bundled into increasingly expensive tiers of service. DSL is too slow to be functional at my location, and this cable provider effectively censors TV content, but does provide functional broadband service. SUGGESTION: 1. Require every carrier to meet diversity requirements in availability of content; 2. Specify the minimum content for basic service, and verify that diversity (some packages offer FOX news for instance, but not CNN or MSNBC); 3. Mandate a la…

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              • national

                As a former employee of two wireless carriers and a wireless handset supplier/chip maker who help usher in digital voice & data to the industry - I have firsthand knowledge of what cell phones and data devices can and can't do.

                Land line termination fees were historically the largest cost to carriers. As more and more data-centric plans evolve- one would assume that consumer cost would come down. In contrast - consumers are paying more for service, handsets, termination fees and are now being required to purchase specific plans to utilize specific phones.

                As handheld data devices such as the…

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                • Fort Collins, CO is the only city along the Front Range without access to classical music.

                  KCFR in Denver took over the frequency that KVOD used to use to broadcast classical music beyond the Denver Metro area all the way north to Fort Collins. KCFR duplicates the NPR programming that we already were receiving from KUNC in Greeley, so its use of KVOD's frequency is not beneficial. The Fort Collins area needs a frequency that can be used for a repeater from KVOD or another classical music station such as KCME.

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                  • Santa Cruz, CA great public radio, newspaper needs support, free internet access

                    Our local newspaper, the Sentinel, is essential to hearing about what is going on in our county. It has been getting smaller, and needs a new way of supporting a staff of reporters. Our NPR stations, KUSP, KQED, KAZU & KZSC are all life savers, and depend on federal funding to survive. Most important, we need to maintain our access to the internet through multiple suppliers to keep costs down, and through our libraries. I want Public TV to offer mentally healthy news alternative.

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                    • mentally healthy news

                      I want the option of a mentally healthy media. The current media is built around assumptions of conflict, fear, and gossip. I want to hear about about our problems, including suggested solutions and successful efforts to deal with the problems. This reinforces our sense of capability as a people. I want to know what is valid truth rather than presenting false talking points as if that balances the perspective. I want a place for news where courteous discourse is the norm.

                      The current websites use algorithms built on what is popular, which amps up adrenaline rush topics and the lowest…

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                      • In Rockville Dan Snyder owns 1260, 980, 570 for sports and information. He owns other stations too.

                        In Rockville, Dan Snyder owns many radio stations. He used to use 1260 for progressive radio shows. He replaced it with Bloomberg radio which to me does not have enough variety on it. He kept his right wing station 570 with his d information of right wing talk and had the Ed Schultz show on for a while and took it off. shows like ed Shultz, Thom Hartman, Norm Goldman, Bill Press should be back on in the area. There is more interest in them then what dan snyder is putting on and he obviously is showing a political agenda…

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                        • SF Bay Area has poor global and local coverage

                          If it were not for the presence of public TV stations that carry Deutche Welle, Russia Today, now My India and similar news shows we would get only the watered down "highlights" spewed out of the syndicate wires.
                          There is no in depth, detailed, thorough and continuing newspaper coverage of local and state government issues and public debate. Lots of corporate speak though.

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                          • Syracuse, NY

                            Local residents should not be held prisoner of corporate controlled news. Citizens should be able to throw out media owners that are not in sync with local views.

                            For example, my area has a monopoly of right-wing talk radio, the TV stations are conservative to right and the one newspaper opinion section mostly prints extremists' right-wing delusions, while it frequently censors the progressives.

                            This community is center to progressive, not conservative to right-wing as our media would suggest to a visitor.

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                            • Phoenix, AZ

                              Phoenix is a complicated major market with few real choices of widely distributed media. The dominant voice is libertarian-free market only, with little give and take about the importance of public resources and ownership. Democracy requires free access to information of all kinds, so we can create communities that work for all of us.

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                              • Vancouver, WA - Not easy to access quality non-corporate controlled Radio, TV and Print Media

                                Only those people who really make the effort are able to access independent media. The FCC should as a first step follow the Canadian model. CBC Radio is exemplary and is readily available to everyone.

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                                • VT-Front Porch Forum: Local news & citizen engagement through networks of online neighborhood forums

                                  Mention the internet, and most people think of the WORLD wide web… reaching out across the globe for news, long-lost friends, or low-price bargains. But in Burlington, VT, residents are using the web to connect with… their backfence neighbors. In an era where national and global information is broadly available online, it seems that few of us know our neighbors and what’s going on down the street. Husband and wife Michael and Valerie Wood-Lewis saw an opportunity three years ago and created FrontPorchForum.com to serve their corner of Vermont. Amazingly, 40% of the state’s largest city subscribes and the sense…

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                                  • Stephens City, Virginia

                                    Were a small town just outside of Winchester, Va. We have a local paper. We did have a local TV channel, but they cut the local funding, and the cable company wouldn't produce it or fund it. And we have no competition for cable in the area. We have Comcast, other that satellite (but they don't count) and that's it. If you want a broadband Internet connection here, plus TV, you are held hostage by Comcast. DSL is spotty here, if you can get the speed, and then there is dial-up. Yes Comcast rates are approved by the SCC of…

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                                    • Montesano, WA

                                      We need more local media, and less corporate propaganda. Almost everyone thinks they know things that are simply not true because of a lack of objective media.

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                                      • Pacifica, CA

                                        Barry Parr's Coastsider in a great example of effective local community journalism on the Web.

                                        http://coastsider.com/

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                                        • Santa Fe, NM Great public radio station, bare-bones newspapers

                                          KSFR is listener-supported and has a great news team. The local papers, though, have tiny staffs and very little impact, and are down to about three pages of news--mostly of the press-release variety. Our free "alternative weekly" city paper, the Santa Fe Reporter, has seen better days. From what I understand, they now leave reporting to interns, most of whom don't write well enough for a forum like this.

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