Mar 14, 2023

Kicking Them While They're Down (Updated)

 It's newspapers I'm talking about.

When the papers lost their income producing classified ads it nearly killed them. Blame websites like Craig's List, which took the classified ad revenue away from newspapers.

But they still had cash flow via the ads required by law...i.e....the "legal" ads. Now legislation is being considered allowing governments to post those ads on their own websites, eliminating the cost of the newspaper ads, and eliminating the money gained by the papers.

     The Montgomery Advertiser, which clearly has a huge dog in this fight, has the story this morning, including this:

"Supporters of newspaper notices also say eliminating it overlooks the sizeable population of people who don’t have reliable internet access at home. According to BroadbandNow, 89.8% of Alabamians don’t have access to wired or fixed wireless broadband."

But wait a minute! 

Look at the BroadbandNow website and read what it reports about the percentage of Alabama residents who DO have broadband access:

Access to Wired or Fixed Wireless Broadband: 89.8%.

In other words, the Advertiser's story says the exact opposite of what the BroadbandNow site reports. 

The paper's story should read "89.9% of Alabamians DO have access to wired or fixed wireless broadband." 

Update in the Montgomery Advertiser (You're welcome!):

This story was updated at 11:35 a.m. March 14 to correct an error regarding the percentage of people lacking broadband access in Alabama.

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