A REAL PROGRESSIVE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC BALTIMORE CITY HALL WOULD REBUILD IN-HOUSE PRINTING AND OPEN IT TO COMMUNITIES FOR MEDIA CO-OPTS AND COMMUNITY NEWSLETTERS.
If you look at Baltimore City and realize how captured news information is to very corporate and conservative sources---you see why a city of labor and justice is left not knowing public policy and long-term goals. Wall Street Baltimore Development addresses the need for community media with corporate donations to non-profits that control what kind of media is pushed. We see all kinds of online media---we see almost no print or local TV and radio media.
If we know online is going to disappear for most----we want to move away from corporate non-profit to public funding as this builds a lasting structure in communities.
PLEASE TAKE SERIOUSLY THE REBUILDING OF LOCAL MEDIA THAT IS NOT CONNECTED TO INTERNET ACCESS. MOST CORPORATE NON-PROFITS ARE FUNDING ONLINE MEDIA VENUES ONLY....FOR A REASON.
This article is long but please glance through to see how all the media venues we depend upon for local news are now controlled by national media corporations controlled by a few people.
September 26, 2011
How People Learn About Their Local Community
By Tom Rosenstiel, Amy Mitchell, Kristen Purcell and Lee Rainie
Contrary to much of the conventional understanding of how people learn about their communities, Americans turn to a wide range of platforms to get local news and information, and where they turn varies considerably depending on the subject matter and their age, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and Internet & American Life Project, produced in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that asks about local information in a new way. Most Americans, including more tech-savvy adults under age 40, also use a blend of both new and traditional sources to get their information.
Overall, the picture revealed by the data is that of a richer and more nuanced ecosystem of community news and information than researchers have previously identified.
The survey echoes longstanding research that more Americans report watching local TV news than any other source—which has led to widely held idea that people go there for most of their community news and information. But it also finds that Americans tend to rely on the medium for just a few topics—mainly weather, breaking news, and to a lesser degree, traffic. These are the most widely followed local subjects. Yet consumers rely on other sources for most other local topics. Younger adults, moreover, rely on local television less, a fact that suggests more vulnerability for the medium in the future.
The survey also yields some striking findings for newspapers. Most Americans (69%) say that if their local newspaper no longer existed, it would not have a major impact on their ability to keep up with information and news about their community.
Yet the data show that newspapers play a much bigger role in people’s lives than many may realize. Newspapers (both the print and online versions, though primarily print) rank first or tie for first as the source people rely on most for 11 of the 16 different kinds of local information asked about—more topics than any other media source. But most of these topics—many of which relate to civic affairs such as government—taxes, etc., are ones followed by fewer Americans on a regular basis.
In other words, local TV draws a mass audience largely around a few popular subjects; local newspapers attract a smaller cohort of citizens but for a wider range of civically oriented subjects.
The survey also sheds light on the emerging role of the internet as people seek local news and information. The internet is defined here as web-only online destinations. For adults generally, the internet is a main source for information about restaurants and other local businesses, and it is tied with newspapers as a top source for material about housing, jobs and schools—all areas that place a special value on consumer input. Yet when one looks at the 79% of Americans who are online, the internet is the first or second most relied-upon source for 15 of the 16 local topics examined. For adults under 40, the web is first for 11 of the top 16 topics—and a close second on four others.
At the same time, the survey finds both citizen-based information sources and some very old forms of media remain vital as well. Print newsletters, online listservs and old-fashioned word of mouth are important means by which people learn in particular about community events and local schools.
In all, the data in a new national survey show that the majority (64%) of American adults use at least three different types of media every week to get news and information about their local community—and 15% rely on at least six different kinds of media weekly.
And nearly half of all American adults, 45%, say they do not even have a favorite local news source. Instead, in the modern local news information system, different media outlets, and in many cases entire platforms, are gaining footholds for specific topic areas.
While this can help news sources establish an identity with audiences, it also raises a critical question: If a platform were to wither or disappear, would parts of the community go unmonitored?
About the survey
The new survey was administered from January 12-25 among a nationally-representative sample of 2,251 adults age 18 and older on landline and cell phones. It has an overall margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Conventional research has tended to ask people about local news and information generically with some variation of a simple question: Where do people turn most often for their news? Asked that way, the majority of people answer local TV, which has made it the most popular news source in America. That is reinforced by ratings data that shows that the combined ratings of local television news programs exceeds that of other local media. The biennial media consumption survey of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press similarly finds that local TV news is the medium most people turn to for news and information of any type. And this new survey, too, finds that local TV is the most frequently used medium for news and information, with 74% watching local newscasts or visiting local TV websites at least weekly, compared with 50% who turn to newspapers and their websites, 51% to radio (on air and online), and 47% who turn to web-only sources.
But this survey also took a new approach as well, asking people about the information sources they rely on to get material about 16 different specific local information areas.
The result is a more complex portrait of how people learn and exchange information about community. The new data explodes the notion, for instance, that people have a primary or single source for most of their local news and information.
Rather, Americans appear to discern significant differences in the strengths of different information sources. They recognize that there may be more information about their child’s school on a parent-run listserv than on television or even their neighborhood weekly paper. They recognize that if they want information about zoning or local government, it may be more available in the newspaper they do not regularly buy than on the television station they watch many days for traffic and weather.
(For this survey, the “internet is defined as web-only sources such as search engines, specialty-topic websites, and social networking sites. If respondents said they relied on the website of a newspaper, it was considered reliance on the newspaper and was combined with references to the print version of the local newspaper. Similarly, if respondents said a local television website was their preferred sources for a particular type of local news, it was combined with references to watching local news on television and considered reliance on the local TV news platform rather than the internet.)
Other key themes
Other notable themes that emerge from the survey:
- The most popular local topics are weather (89% of people get it), breaking news (80%); local politics (67%) and crime (66%). The least popular on our list of topics are zoning and development information (30%), local social services (35%), job openings (39%) and local government activities (42%).
- Nearly half of adults (47%) use mobile devices to get local news and information. Not surprisingly, mobile is particularly popular for “out and about” categories of information, such as restaurants. And 41% of all adults can be considered “local news participators” because they contribute their own information via social media and other sources, add to online conversations, and directly contribute articles about the community. Both these groups are substantially more likely than others to use the internet to get local news and information on almost all topics.
- Social media is becoming a factor in how people learn about their local community, but it is not as popular as other digital forms. In all, 17% of adults say they get local information on social networking sites like Facebook at least monthly.
- Mobile phone applications, or “apps,” have yet to emerge for most local topic areas. Even now, though, 5% of Americans say they rely on a mobile app for weather information.
- Old-fashioned word of mouth is still a factor in sharing local news and information, especially at the neighborhood level for information about local businesses, restaurants and schools. In all 55% of all adults get local news and information via word of mouth at least once a week. Word of mouth is particularly likely to be cited by younger residents as one of their top platforms for community events. Adults age 40 and older are more likely to prefer word of mouth as a source for local politics, local government activity, housing and real estate, zoning, and social services.
- The websites of newspapers and TV stations do not score highly as a relied-upon information source on any topics. They have gained modest footholds as sources that users rely upon for a variety of topics, including weather information, crime, politics, and breaking news, but overall they consistently score in the low single digits when it comes to being the source that people rely upon on any of the topics we queried.
While there are a variety of demographic dimensions that are linked to the way people get local news and information, the most striking is the difference between younger and older information consumers. Simply put, one generation into the web, older consumers still rely more heavily on traditional platforms while younger consumers rely more on the internet. Among adults under age 40, the web ranks first or ties for first for 12 of the 16 local topics asked about.
If someone is under age 40, she tends to get the following kinds of local news and information from the following places:
- Internet: weather, politics, crime, arts/cultural events, local businesses, schools, community events, restaurants, traffic, taxes, housing, local government, jobs, social services, and zoning/development
- Newspapers: crime, arts/cultural events, community events, taxes, local government, jobs, social services, zoning/development
- TV stations: weather, breaking news, politics, crime, traffic, local government, and social services
- Radio: traffic
- Word of mouth: Community events
- Newspapers: politics, crime, arts/cultural events, local businesses, schools, community events, restaurants, taxes, housing and real estate, government activities, jobs, zoning/development, social services
- TV stations: weather, breaking news, politics, traffic, crime
- Internet: local businesses, restaurants
BALTIMORE CITY MUST BUY PUBLIC AIRWAVES IN THE TV AND RADIO RANGE!
Below you see Brooklyn in the same place---probably for the same reason----its public access is on cable. National financial analysts have already told everyone that cable is dead---as Comcast and Verizon go strictly digital. Comcast owns NBC and NBC just changed its name to NBC International. So, as Baltimore and Brooklyn public access tie to cable and online---both of these media outlets are being killed for main street.
WE MUST HAVE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS BUYING PUBLIC AIRWAVES IN THE TV AND RADIO RANGE TO KEEP THESE MEDIA ACCESSIBLE.
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For people not understanding why internet speeds need to go faster and faster----you don't know the goal is to move all internet access to global online corporations in health care and education that need all internet space to conduct these huge functions and they need this done fast in order to provide the real-time accuracy needed for things like telemedicine. All of this is being done for global corporations and as we see here----the price for access to all this will keep rising. Now, the Federal government has started to create subsidies for people not affording fees as they are today---just as the subsidize for heat and electricity. All those subsidies WILL DISAPPEAR under a global corporate tribunal TPP government so it is just a matter of time before over 80% of Americans will not be able to access the internet for other than corporate services.
As cities like Baltimore build more and more community media online----they are allowing what will be real media access outlets to die.....local print media----public airwaves for TV and radio.
Comcast's 2Gbps internet costs $300 per month with huge install fees
Incredible speeds don't come cheap
- By Chris Welch
- on July 13, 2015 12:47 pm
That's not where costs end, though. Comcast's fine print for Gigabit Pro notes that customers must sign a two-year contract to receive service, and (significant) early termination fees apply if you decide 2Gbps is overkill. And then there's this:
So you're potentially looking at an installation window of two months, and while the "up to" language gives Comcast wiggle room, some people could pay $1,000 before they've even used Gigabit Pro. Google also charges "construction fees" — usually $300 — for Fiber customers who opt for its most basic internet tier. But the fee is waived if you're on the more popular 1Gbps internet plan or an internet / Fiber TV bundle. Gigabit Pro cannot yet be bundled with other Comcast services.
On the plus side, Comcast is offering people who agree to that two-year contract an early promotional rate of $159 per month, according to DSL Reports. That makes the whole thing slightly easier to swallow. And if you're the type of person who can afford $300 internet every month, maybe the tacked on installation costs won't influence your thinking much anyway. Gigabit Pro could make sense for small businesses with colossal bandwidth needs, though Comcast seems to hope that business users stick with their own, more expensive plans. If nothing else, Gigabit Pro should make for a smooth experience watching Stream on every conceivable device inside your home.
We see the Federal subsidy for phone service materialize as this free-phone give-away in underserved communities complete with the worst of cheap phones and service. At best a corporation is making hundreds of billions of dollars producing these throw-away phones. So, when the FCC under an Obama corporate executive says the Federal government will subsidize access to internet as they allow monopolies and deregulation to cause rates to soar-----we know this is progressive posing. Think how many Americans are reaching that poverty line-----not the $21,000 for a family of four they pretend is a current poverty line----but the $58,000 for a family of four that is the LIVING WAGE poverty line. Over 70% of Americans are at that line and with the coming economic crash from bond market fraud----that will climb to 80% and higher. Remember, the goal for Clinton neo-liberals and Bush neo-cons is to have 90% of Americans in third world poverty.
HOW WILL YOUR COMMUNITY COMMUNICATE IF THESE MEDIA ACCESS OUTLETS DISAPPEAR? THAT IS WHAT A REAL PROGRESSIVE SOCIAL DEMOCRAT WOULD PREPARE FOR!
The FCC wants to expand Internet subsidies for the poor
By Brian Fung May 28
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler speaks during his keynote conference at the Mobile World Congress in March in Barcelona. (David Ramos/Getty Images)Federal regulators hope to bridge a yawning gap in Internet adoption by expanding a subsidy program for poor Americans that for years has helped millions connect to basic telephone service.
Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will circulate a proposal to his colleagues Thursday that would radically update the 30-year-old aid program, known as Lifeline, according to FCC officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plan is not yet public.
For the first time, the proposal would allow program participants to apply their discounts to standalone high-speed Internet service. Although Lifeline supports broadband when it comes bundled with phone service, it currently does not allow the poor to use the $9.25-a-month subsidy to pay for independent Internet plans.
The amount of the monthly credit will not rise under Wheeler's proposal, an agency official said. Rather, it will focus on expanding choices for low-income consumers so that they aren't limited to buying certain devices or plans. It will also establish a minimum standard for the kind of service available to Lifeline benefit recipients. For instance, the program could require service providers to offer Internet to Lifeline subscribers of at least a certain speed, or voice service with a certain number of minutes. The proposal will also seek to increase the number of telecom and broadband providers that participate in Lifeline.
"As communications technologies and markets evolve, the Lifeline program also has to evolve to remain relevant," said Wheeler in a blog post. "Broadband is key to Lifeline’s future."
The FCC could approve the measure by as early as its next meeting, on June 18. In so doing, Wheeler would be reinforcing his argument that the Internet is as crucial a tool for connectivity and development as phone service was in the 20th century.
[Should the government pay for people's iPhones?]
Ninety-nine percent of the wealthy are connected to the Web in some way, according to the Pew Research Center. But poorer Americans lag far behind. Top FCC officials have argued that greater Internet access would help pull these Americans out of poverty.
"Too many of our citizens are stuck in digital darkness," FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said in a speech last week, "without the primary tool needed for seamless communications for health care, education, civic participation and professional advancement."
I looked at Baltimore City's budget for printing costs -----it is now $3,086,353 for 2015. I don't have time to look at which corporations all this is outsourced to -----but what probably started as small businesses in Baltimore is now no doubt national printing corporations. The budget says that funding at this level creates a $7.167 million deficit----
BALTIMORE CITY IS PAYING A LOT OF MONEY FOR PRINTING AND YET-----THE CITIZENS OF BALTIMORE HAVE TO PAY FOR COPY COSTS FOR GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS AT 50 CENTS A POP OFTEN.
They are now telling us more and more needs to go into the CLOUD-----digital because of these high prices. Now, call me skeptical----but a fast research of buying a government-sized printing machine is a few hundred thousand initial investment with ink and paper costs each year not able to reach $3 million. Add to that open printing presses for communities wanting to rebuild print journalism -----and for the price of one corporate tax credit----we easily have a public printing operation that can subsidize citizens wanting to be journalists.
THEY ARE RUNNING THESE PRINT COSTS UP SO HIGH JUST TO MAKE IT APPEAR WE CANNOT AFFORD HARD PRINT COPIES----AND YOU CAN BET AN AUDIT WILL FIND FRAUD AND PROFITEERING.
Republicans and neo-liberals like to pretend that small government is best----taxes are lower and businesses are created. Well folks, global corporations are now getting all our tax revenue and they are going to come back for more-----so please stop this small government mantra-----rebuilding our local government to be the source of local economic growth does not add to taxes and it helps small business growth!
The invention of the printing press was the great enlightenment that brought all information to people then called citizens. Before this scribes wrote by hand all information that was kept to the rich and Catholic Church only. Think what is happening today-----as all information is moved online----Google has scanned all libraries into its digital library-----only the rich are going to be able to access this information online.
THAT IS THE GOAL. PLEASE STOP ALLOWING THEM TO CREATE THIS INFORMATION VOID.
Below is a great article too long to post. Please Google to read-----what it states is what everyone knows will occur-----consolidation and corporatization of the internet will end with people not able to access it for personal use. So, as Clinton neo-liberals make everything about technology in building business-----they know any small internet business will be gone----including media outlets.
How Industry Intends To Kill
The InterNet As We Know It
By Jeff Chester
Center for Digital Democracy
But beyond political and press circles are another equally important development: new technologies being developed and embraced that can, in practice, transform today's open Internet into a new industry-regulated system that will prevent or discourage people from using the net for file-sharing, internet radio and video, and peer-to-peer communications.
bBy charging a toll for every bit, the industry can simultaneously extract great profits from the new applications that it allows on its networks, as well as restrict access to those that it finds problematic, i.e. those that compete with its own content offerings. In short, the industry finally sees a way to make money online.
Of course, these calculations are utterly self-serving, ignoring the fact that the net was developed with tax dollars and has been an incubator for an array of innovations that extend far beyond creating new profit centers for big media companies. The envisioned control structures will inhibit robust Internet use by early broadband adopters, and discourage development of new high-speed applications such as Internet-based telephone and video-on-demand, thus slowing overall broadband growth.
Worse, this business model will erect high economic and technical barriers to entry for non-commercial and public interest uses of the high-speed Internet, threatening civic discourse, artistic expression and non-profit communications. In moving to implement this highly centralized vision for broadband, the cable industry does not simply ignore the democratic and competitive history of the Internet -- it is actively hostile to it.
Consumption-based pricing and other restrictive access controls contradict the spirit of openness and innovation that built the Internet in the first place, and will do irreparable harm to its future as a medium for small business initiatives, non-commercial users and democratic discourse. New threats to privacy are also clear, given the intrusive nature of the technology to closely monitor all online use. If you think spam is bad now...y young people; they also are the tools for fundamental new ways of conducting business and politics.