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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

, formerly known as Main Street Connect, is a network of hyperlocal news sites that operates on a franchise model.

The company, , was with , a site covering Norwalk, Conn. It to several other sites in the New York area, with plans to grow to . However, by 2013, it had just  in New York and Connecticut, having in Massachusetts. It had a , including 11 in editorial, but made , including nearly all of its corporate staff, in 2013.

The network’s sites are run by local “affiliates” who are , and who receive about 80 percent of the sites’ revenue. The company provides the technical infrastructure and sales, billing and accounting support.

The company  in investment in 2010 and planned to through local advertisers, including social media advertising. Its “” offer advertisers access to reporters and guaranteed coverage in the features section of the site.

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