ERIC Number: ED390438
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Regulatory Enhancements, Infrastructure Modernization, and Connecticut's Interactive, Distance Learning Network.
Pietras, Jesse John
This paper presents an overview of the regulatory, technological, and economic status of interactive distance learning in Connecticut as it relates to the current and future provisioning of services by the telecommunications and cable television industries. The review is predicated upon the following questions: (1) What obligations should the company assume regarding educational equipment and what costs commensurate with outside distribution plant should be the operator's responsibility? (2) What equipment and distribution plant should schools and municipalities themselves be responsible for providing? (3) To what extent and in what manner should the various educational programming costs be allocated? (4) How can both local exchange companies, interexchange carriers, and cable franchise operators best serve the state's educational technology needs, particularly in a newly competitive telecommunications environment? Connecticut has a unique approach to the social question of provisioning the distance learning equipment necessary for educational programming, production, and origination, including essential classroom equipment, personnel, and in-school support services in terms of responsibility of both the local educational entities and the concomitant responsibility of a government agency such as the state's Department of Public Utility Control. The Department's most appropriate function is to balance both the degree of support provided by the telecommunications and cable industries to avoid effectuating monopolist control over educational services so as best to provide for the public good. Maps and diagrams are appended. (Author/BEW)
Descriptors: Cable Television, Costs, Distance Education, Economic Factors, Educational Needs, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Higher Education, Online Systems, Pilot Projects, Programming (Broadcast), State Legislation, State Programs, State Regulation, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut State Dept. of Public Utility Control, New Britain.
Identifiers: Connecticut; Infrastructure
Note: Paper presented at the CABE Educational Technology Conference (Waterbury, CT, January 4, 1996). For related documents, see ED 377 818 and ED 381 134. Contains diagrams and maps that may not reproduce clearly.