ERIC Number: ED055453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul-30
Reference Count: 0
A Study of a Proposed Multi-Purpose Communications System.
Washington State Univ., Pullman.
A faculty committee, consisting of members from various departments and from the Audiovisual Center at Washington State University (WSU), investigated the feasibility of establishing a two-way television network in the southeastern Washington area for participants in continuing education studies and for certain graduate classes. The committee surveyed the faculty of various university departments to find out what their attitude was toward such a system and how much they thought it would be used by their department. They approached potential vendors of equipment for such a system and obtained cost estimates. Based on their survey they recommended that WSU take the initiative in establishing a model or prototype system. The proposed system would eventually cover the state of Washington and would include one and two-way television communication and channels for voice communication, data, teletype, and facsimile reproduction. They estimated that the university would use the system for 177 hours per week and thus would require two duplex broadband dedicated channels. They found a wide variety of attitudes among faculty members toward the system, ranging from enthusiasm to skepticism, and a wide variation among departments as to their estimates of the amount of time they would use it. Several ways of financing such a system were suggested. (JY)
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Authoring Institution: Washington State Univ., Pullman.