ERIC Number: ED135527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Options for Federal Role with Regard to Advanced Telecommunications Systems and Services.
In the history of Federal involvement in rural areas, communications has played a significant role. However, at the moment, the future of rural telecommunications looks bleak. Although the extent of interest within the Federal government is wide, the intensity of interest is low, particularly at the highest levels. This paper provides: (1) a review of the specific interests and capacities of the various Federal agencies actually or potentially concerned with rural telecommunications; (2) an assessment of the specific roles that various Federal agencies and other interested parties might play in rural telecommunications; and (3) a description and appraisal of the merits of various scenarios by which different plays might be combined into a broad effort. Information is from several interviews with Federal government officials and other interested individuals, along with a review of recent legislative initiatives. Among the Federal agencies discussed are the: Department of Agriculture; Appalachian Regional Commission; Office of Telecommunications Policy; Department of Commerce; and Health, Education, and Welfare. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
Note: Paper presented at the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment Conference on Communications and Rural America (Washington, D.C., November 15-17, 1976). Related documents include RC 009 671-683