ERIC Number: ED229203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul-3
Reference Count: 0
Telecommunications and the Rural American, Today and Tomorrow.
Filep, Robert T.
A number of projects have been conducted over the past 10 years to demonstrate how rural education services might be provided via satellite and other methods of telecommunications. Paralleling these activities has been rapid development of telecommunications technology. Increased capacity at reduced cost has been realized in successive interactions of communications satellites, earth stations, computers, and video equipment. This paper provides an overview of the domestic communication markets available for rural education use, a brief history of satellite communication projects that have served rural education needs, and outlines telecommunications developments, both existing and planned, which could be used to an advantage in meeting goals of rural education. Recommendations are provided which address concerns identified by the National Seminar on Rural Education and the Regional Rural Roundtable activities. The importance of conducting an extensive needs assessment to define rural education's telecommunication needs is also stressed, and suggestions are made whereby educational agencies might coordinate with national programs such as those of Farm Home Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Agriculture, etc., relating to telecommunications, in order to amortize investments currently being made to meet rural needs. (Author/AH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Communications 21 Corp., Redondo Beach, CA.
Note: Developed as part of the background material for a Workshop on Telecommunications in the Service of Rural Education (Washington, DC, July 8-9, 1980). For related documents, see RC 014 018-021.