Media and Technology Stats and Studies – October 28, 2013

The FCC reported there are 30,367 total broadcast stations licensed in the U.S. Of these, 15,330 are for commercial and educational radio; 1,783 for commercial and educational TV; 432 for Class A TV; 10,099 for translators and boosters; 1,935 for Low Power TV and 768 for Low Power FM stations. The FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities (OCBO) also announced its plans to study “the relationships among Hispanic television station ownership, Hispanic-oriented programming, and Hispanic television viewing.” In a report issued last year, the FCC reported that women and minorities owned a voting interest in only a tiny fraction of broadcast stations.

The majority of Americans who have visited health care exchange websites hold contradictory views about how well the websites work in general, as compared to their perception of how effective the websites are for their own purposes. A Pew Research Center survey revealed that, while most Americans (56%) are critical of health care exchange websites, most (56%) also say the exchanges were helpful to them for their own purposes. However, as of October 21st, most Americans visiting the health care exchange websites were already insured, as just 29% of those who visited the sites were uninsured. Most (58%) were just interested in finding out more about how the exchanges work. Pew released two other surveys last week: One showed how one in 10 Americans have used an online dating platform or app; the other showed most (78%) of Americans who consume news on Facebook do so when they are using Facebook for other reasons.

In its third quarter 2013 earnings results, AT&T reported adding more than 2 million high speed wireless and wireline broadband connections. The company also reported that 75% (50.6 million) of its contract customers now own smartphones, up from 66% this time last year. Its wireless data revenues were up 17.6% compared to the third quarter of 2012.

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