CLOSED: Media In Your Community


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Tell us about your community and its media. Do you have a newspaper? Local TV news stations? Great websites? Anything else? What works well? What works poorly? How have things changed over time? What information do you wish you could get but can’t?

Please list the City and State you’re telling us about as the title of your idea.

  1. Birmingham, AL needs a LOCAL ABC Affilliate

    With advent of HDTV we have lost access to an ABC affilliate unless we are willing to subscribe to cable or satellite. How about licensing an ABC affilliate for the metro Birmingham area?

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  2. Pittsboro, NC

    Two small local papers. No local TV or radio. Researching low band FM/webcasting. Spectrum licensing costs too high; spectrum arbitrage auction broken; affordable Internet access big issue for many. Policy reform and open spectrum policies need revisiting. FCC 2002 ruling local loop unbundling and Net Neutrality badly needed in the land of the free (spEEch)

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  3. Brattleboro, Vermont

    Award-winning Brattleboro area news.

    Non-profit. No ads. Democratically run.

    www.ValleyPost.org

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  4. Spring, Texas 77381.

    I only listen to NPR. What happened to both sides of the story? Our newspaper, The Villager, did not even carry the story of President Obama's election. Fair and balanced is hard to find around here. I'd like to hear and see the news reported as it happens, without someone's biased spin attached. I'll take responsibility for sorting through the facts and making my own decisions. Our community is owned by the party of "No".

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  5. Tuscumbia, AL

    The Muscle Shoals area is and has been dominated by Comcast Cable for as long as I can remember. Costs are astronomical and only expected to climb, especially as municipal authorities seem to be in Big Communication's hip pocket.(Free cable goes a long way with these guys).

    This area needs additional cable and high-speed competition to break up the monopoly and control consumer costs.

    Thank you.

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  6. West Des Moines, IA

    Our community is served by a duopoly consisting of Mediacom and Qwest. Both are very expensive, and both have terrible customer service.

    Mediacom invests in the richer area of town, while the older parts of Des Moines are left to suffer slow speeds, and outages.

    We need price regulation, investments, and more choices!!!

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  7. 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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  8. Chicago

    We have too many corporate controlled radio music stations in Chicago and we have Progressive Talk Radio and WBEZ, that are somewhat responsive to the very progressive population living in Chicago but no real access to local community groups. We have a few LPFM stations scattered across the city that are a little more open to local grass roots organizations and a Can TV station but otherwise there is not much access to the media for grassroots community organizations. I would love a publicly controlled High Powered FM radio station in this town that had the access that the Can…

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  9. Costa Mesa, CA

    Local radio here is invariably the best.

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  10. 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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  11. 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…

    8 votes
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  12. Paulding Co. Georgia has been experimenting with new media since 2003

    Paulding County Georgia is in a media market of 135,000 folks located just west of Cobb county in the Atlanta DMA. With 25,000 residents in 1980 (rapid growth), and relatively slow commercial growth (about 18 percent of the tax digest is business properties vs. the balance residential) despite its size, market was never 'mature' enough to support a local daily newspaper in the time before the Internet arrived.. The last local radio effort died in the mid-1990s leaving the community being poorly served by the Atlanta media. Local media consists of two free-distribution weekly's, one paid distribution weekly (only one…

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  13. Berkeley, Ca

    KPFA/KPFB is great; a supporter of local talent and important local and world issues. Clear Channel and other conglomerates still have a strangle hold on our radio waves. Internet radio is a great resource but the good stuff tends to not be Local. We need more Quality Live Music Venues that support local talent.

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  14. chestertown, md

    Broadband access. Grant funding for last mile service in this rural area smack dab in the middle of the Phila-Balto-DC metro corridor.

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  16. Fresno, CA

    Fresno's television news stations tend to swing between shallow and sensational. The dominant radio station mocks and attacks people and positions that are not in harmony with its rigid definition of being conservative. The Fresno Bee tends to treat city officialdom with a light touch, is mostly superficial about problems related to homelessness, water, pesticides, etc. It did an in depth, credible job on air pollution but has not stayed with it. The Community Alliance opens up many stories that the Bee does not cover but it is hampered by its monthly publication cycle. It would be nice if the…

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  17. los angeles, ca

    The LA Times cuts jobs every few months and our local indie rock station 103.1 went off the air last year. LA Weekly was bought by a national corporation in 2007. Our local media is dying. We need to preserve local ownership.

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  18. Newport News, VA

    Very racially biased reporting centered on black community, needs to feature a more diverse community view. Also tends to paint small businesses in a negative light while seldom saying bad about larger businesses unless it involves a murder or huge scandal. Local reports should also tell more local news and less "world drama"- why bother with a divorce in another country if much worse is happening in our own back yards?

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  19. South Lake Tahoe, CA

    We need more local, real news. Our local paper is mainly supported by the big businesses in town who wield all the power over local politics. The paper is mostly advertisements and the staffing has been stripped to a skeleton crew.

    We need real reporting and that is expensive. Can we develop a Peace Corps for reporters? Can we support research into delivery systems so that papers can learn how to cut printing costs? Can we launch a media campaign to explain why opinions are not news and dialogue is not the same a arguing and the world is not…

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  20. Berkeley, California

    Good coverage of local, and national news colored by our notorious combativeness on some issues.

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