ERIC Number: ED116878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-May
Reference Count: N/A
The 1972-73 New Rural Society Project.
Fairfield Univ., CT.
The New Rural Society Concept, which urges establishment of a more balanced rural-urban population distribution in response to the interdependent rural-urban energy crisis, is explicated in this report on a model project initiated in 1972 in 10 northeastern Connecticut townships. The following are cited as major project objectives: (1) to obtain information and experience in the application of communications technology for the development of rural areas; and (2) to develop a model of organizational procedure that would be transferable to other rural areas. Organized via three major project tasks, this report details: (1) Regional Community Development Task; (2) Institutional Development Task (business and government); and (3) Experimental Communications Task (lab experiments and field tests). Focusing on the means to improve rural quality of life in the areas of health, education, entertainment, culture, and community expression via use of existing communications technology in the test area, this report indicates: (1) use of communication techniques can improve rural quality of life; (2) urban office relocation in conjunction with teleconferencing can facilitate the location of business and government components in rural towns; (3) audio-only teleconferencing can be more effective as a substitute for face-to-face meetings than has been previously thought. (NTIS/JC)
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Business, Community Services, Education, Energy Conservation, Field Studies, Health, Institutions, Living Standards, Local Government, Pilot Projects, Population Distribution, Program Descriptions, Quality of Life, Rural Development, Technology, Telecommunications
National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, Virginia 22161 (PB-231-826, MF $2.25, HC $6.25)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Fairfield Univ., CT.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut