Source: Public Notice Resource Center

• Any internet notice is an inadequate substitute for a printed, fixed newspaper notice, though our organizations believe the internet can be used by newspapers to extend the reach of printed notices. The newspaper industry already has made substantial investments to assure public notice is available through industry websites. Thus, the public can find notices both in print and online without losing the many advantages of a fixed, hard-copy notice.

• Government internet sites do not have strong readership. Public notice in newspapers, particularly when supplemented by a newspaper website, is more likely to be read than notices on a government Internet site. Industry experience indicates that when notices are targeted to geographic areas most involved in the subject matter of the notice, the local newspaper — with its print and website readership — typically far outstrips government sites in reaching readers.

• Access to the internet remains limited. Many in poor, minority and senior communities cannot readily view Internet notifications. Disability or illness also hinders viewing internet notifications. Research shows the infirm are substantially less likely to use the internet.

• Internet site-only notifications create due process problems for reviewing courts, historians, researchers and archivists. Web publications are difficult to archive and maintain in updated fashion without ongoing funding while printed public notice is fixed in form and time and leaves no doubt as to its authenticity.

• Government entities have no way to ensure there will be appropriated adequate resources to maintain notices in a digital fashion that permits them to supplement printed, fixed notices. Indeed, the president has announced that many federal government websites will be eliminated for budget reasons.