ERIC Number: ED418819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-30
Reference Count: N/A
The Utility of a Discount Methodology for Implementing Congressional Intent Regarding Section 254 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996: Preliminary Findings and Executive Summary.
Missouri Univ., Columbia. Rural Policy Research Inst.; Council for Educational Development and Research, Washington, DC.
The goal of Section 254 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 is the "equality of affordable, comparably priced access to telecommunication services by schools, libraries, and hospitals regardless of geographic location." The purposes of this study were to provide decision support information to the Joint Board and Federal Communications Commission as they seek to implement that intent; to determine the range of prices charged for telecommunications services within, and among, states; and to test the utility of a proposed discount methodology, utilizing actual tariffed rates for selected school districts across the entire rural-urban continuum. Tariff data was collected from eight states--Florida, West Virginia, Nebraska, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, Texas, and Illinois. Tariffs were collected for the three largest carriers in each state and for three small independent carriers for which tariffs existed. Reported data were limited to 56k, T1, and DS3 services, for which 55 tariffs were collected. The T1 service shows the least differential between metro and nonmetro prices, being somewhat more costly for nonmetro districts. For 56k service, the average installation plus annual tariffed price is more costly for nonmetro districts. DS3 service is the most costly and least available of the services investigated, and is substantially more costly for nonmetro districts. In all cases, the proposed discount methodology appears to further equalize prices across all districts regardless of rural/urban factors. Eight summary findings are presented, and an appendix explains the concepts and delineation of the proposed discount methodology. (TD)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Costs, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Geographic Isolation, Government School Relationship, Nonmetropolitan Areas, Rural Urban Differences, School Districts, Telecommunications, Telephone Communications Industry
RUPRI Office, 200 Mumford Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, (Order No. P96-8).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia. Rural Policy Research Inst.; Council for Educational Development and Research, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Access to Services; Access to Technology; Telecommunications Act 1996; Telecommunications Infrastructure; Telecommunications Policy