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  1. Find out what the new Didital Video Phone is all about

    The new Iris 5000 Digital Video Phone is Great for traveling! It great for military families who are separated, for ,the hearing impaired, for grandparents, the traveling business person, and anyone! You can easily carry it wherever you need to. Just plug it into the broadband connection wherever you are, and see and hear the person who you are speaking to in clear high definition! If they have a video phone. So between you buy two. This video phone will cut the phone bills of many people too!

    The price for the phone is low and the monthly service is…

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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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      • 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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        • 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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          • columbus ga

            WHY DOES NOBODY CARE ABOUT SICK ANIMALS NOT EVAN THE VETS !!iTS ALL ABOUT MONEY !!!A LIFE DOESNT COUNT !!!tHAT REALLY HOERTS sHAME ON ALL THEY WORK WITH ANIMALS BUT NOT FOR THEM!!!!

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              • Shoshoni, WY

                Media in Wyoming is a joke, pure and simple. The local papers in the Shoshoni area are nothing but mouthpieces for the Republican Party, the Chamber of Commerce, and the welfare ranchers.

                TV is as bad or worse. ABC and NBC, which are the only corporate outlets providing local "news" are as bad or worse than printed media. The bobble headed Ken and Barbie (or Barbie and Barbie) dashboard-doll-like trainee newsreaders stumble through free publicity for Chamber types or ranchers, show clips of lying right-wing politicians pretending to give a damn about working people (while serving the wealthy), show misleading…

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                • seattle's best outlets for community input into the media are through its public radio stations

                  Seattle has one large daily newspaper, The Seattle Times, since the extinction of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in March 2009. It is a hybrid between a McClatchy chain paper and a family owned dynasty (Blethen). While there is some support for investigative and in-depth journalism and the current editor is an advocate of net neutrality, the business model for this newspaper limits the ability for any kind of wide scale community forums and feedback, though there is an opportunity to respond via internet blogs on most stories.

                  Radio is a better avenue for community participation, as two large public radio stations,…

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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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                    • lewisham

                      there is no local lewisham cinemas or swimming clubs and it would be nice to have a cinema or swimming in the local area.

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                      • Citizens of Quad Cities Share Multiple Options in the Media

                        Living in the midst of four cities, separated by the largest river in North America, local media outlets must cater to many different audiences in Illinois and Iowa. Eight television stations serve the Quad Cities. Where I live, the most prominent stations are WHBF (CBS affiliate), WQAD (ABC affiliate), and KLJB (Fox affiliate). As a student of Augustana College, I am not a permanent resident of the Quad Cities, so it is interesting to compare the styles of news with the aforementioned stations, and those of an immense market like Chicago.

                        In a recent class visit to WQAD’s station, we…

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                        • Brattleboro, Vermont

                          Award-winning Brattleboro area news.

                          Non-profit. No ads. Democratically run.

                          www.ValleyPost.org

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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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                              • 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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                                • Fremont, CA - yahoogroups, blogs, fb, keep us together, COMCAST & AT&T control access.

                                  We have a newspaper which is error-prone, we have standard local cable access, and we have some good community free papers, but really what keeps the community going are a combination of local meet-ups, and PTA yahoogroups, with blogs and facebook repeating important information. We haven't yet gotten to the sophistication of Oakland Local, though the idea is bouncing around town.

                                  In short - we can get the news around, and are improving in a local-customized way (there are about 200 languages spoken in town), so long as cable and cell providers don't cause us all to disconnect during the…

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                                  • Portland, OR -- a city with above-average independent media...

                                    ...can be a testing ground for a system of sustainable public funding for independent news/journalism. Based on McChesney & Nichols' model for saving American journalism, we can use a combination of opt-in public utility (power, phone, etc.) fees &/or state/local tax check-offs to finance existing (or new) local nonprofit radio, web & print news sources.

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                                    • Costa Mesa, CA

                                      Local radio here is invariably the best.

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                                      • 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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                                        • York, PA

                                          We need investigative reporting at all levels of government especially local and state. In comparison to Federal neither of these get the coverage. We do have City Council and some other city produced informational tidbits carried on Comcast but not on any of the satellite providers (which needs to be shared by Comcast and required to be carried as local channels by satellite providers, etc) and although you can watch it on the web I don't believe you can watch it till two weeks later. So there is no interaction via online. We have the same problem at the state…

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