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  •  It's good for the medium, in general, as well (26+ / 0-)

    but as people become more aware of satellite, it kind of makes me worried that the terrestrial spectra will suffer from kind of a "poor man's" effect and end up balkanized.

    The way to overcome that is to remember that shit like Sirius/XM can't serve the local content need.

    I live in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.

    Here, given the severe terrain and weather, local content like school closings and delays is vital.

    Combine that with the unique nature of New England town government and you would see why I see my area as a particularly fertile field for this.

    Key being, local local local. That's how this is going to work. You have to be the 'hood first. Everything else proceeds from that.

    It's best not to be too moral, you cheat yourself out of too much life.

    by kestrel9000 on Sun Dec 19, 2010 at 02:23:30 PM PST

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    •  Might I add that those of us (9+ / 0-)

      in the big cities would also appreciate this very much for many reasons? Having lived all of my life inside the Capital Beltway, getting local news specific to separate counties around the Capitol has become difficult in the last 20 years. There are no real left leaning/ progressive radio stations in spite of the very navy blue voting habits of those of us inside the Beltway.

      WTOP does a pretty good job of keeping us abreast of traffic on the major highways but having something more area specific would be outstanding for nearly the same reasons you cite:

      Here, given the severe terrain and weather, local content like school closings and delays is vital.

      We have some pretty steep and winding roads in Arlington, Alexandria and McLean. When you factor in that this is a very transient area with people coming to live here who've only seen snow flakes on Christmas cards, traffic can be a nightmare. Our roadways also tend to get very icy in the winter. They just canceled school on Friday in many districts around here after we got ~3 inches of snow the day before. With as many school districts, Universities and private schools as we have around here it can take 20 minutes to find out if a specific school is delayed or closed.  

      The beatings will continue until morale improves. -8.50, -6.92

      by ferallike on Sun Dec 19, 2010 at 04:04:10 PM PST

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