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ERIC Number: ED055451
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-May
Pages: 13
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Television in Rural Areas; A Low Cost Alternative.
Bourret, Philip L.
Arguments in favor of radio over television as a low cost alternative for reaching rural areas cite the fact that installation and programming costs for television are three to five times that of radio. But new technology can now bring television to rural audiences. The concept of decentralizing transmitting stations, so that each mini-station reaches an area within a radius of 15 miles, is both technically and economically feasible. Such a station could be put on the air for as little as half the cost usually associated with establishing a rural radio station. Programming costs could also be reduced to feasible amounts if in a sufficiently large region, a dozen or more mini-TV stations were built. In this case, the population within range of each mini-station could afford both the $12,000 to $15,000 capital investment in their own station and a share in the cost of building and operating a single programming center to serve all of the regional stations. This plan allows the stations to serve the needs of the community, in providing adult education, for example. A system now operating in the Philippines illustrates the proposal. (JK)
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Identifiers - Location: Philippines