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State money should support public access channels and alternative online media to amplify the voice of marginalized and under-represented communities in our democracy. Continuing support for public, educational and governmental (PEG) access channels, some of the only remaining media outlets that broadcast local voices and cover local issues, will allow for targeted programming by and for particular segments of the community that might not be served by major outlets. States should also teach residents how to utilize new technological mediums as a vehicle to be heard. Advances in high-speed Internet technology will open up ways for local communities to create online content, with dozens if not hundreds of audio and video streams. Unfortunately, much of the legislation being proposed in statehouses threatens the existence of such a potentially powerful local medium.

Resources:
Time - Citizens of the New Digital Democracy
Center for Digital Democracy

Educause Paper - A Blue Print for Big Broadband
Center for Creative Voices in Media