ERIC Number: ED153771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Communications and Rural America. Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
The purpose of this 1976 conference was to explore the potential of using communications technology to provide improved social and commercial services and entertainment to rural areas. Seventy-four invited participants (local, state and Federal officials, commercial telecommunications company executives, rural cooperative officials, and US and Canadian telecommunications experts) commented on an earlier Office of Technology Assessment report entitled "The Feasibility and Value of Broadband Communications in Rural Areas", and (in three panels) considered rural development and communications; technology, economics, and services; and Federal policy. Out of five policy alternatives considered, the conference recommended that the president form an interagency committee to plan a system demonstration program to test the economic viability of and demand for communications systems in rural areas. An overriding concern was that needs should govern technology. Panels specified, among other things, that the demonstration program should address economic issues and realities, be structured to respond to locally generated conceptions of needs, and be conducted with solid community involvement. Discussions on service applications were divided into public (health, education, law enforcement, governmental and administrative) and commercial services (security systems, information and data transmission, pay TV). (RS)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Involvement, Conference Reports, Coordination, Demonstration Programs, Educational Needs, Government (Administrative Body), Health Services, Information Dissemination, Law Enforcement, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Rural Areas, Social Services, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Note: This report summarizes the results of a Conference on Communications and Rural America (Washington, D.C., November 15-17, 1976); Not available in hard copy due to small print size of original document; For related document, see ED 135 515