ERIC Number: ED331479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Analysis of a Proposal for an Education Satellite.
EDSAT Inst., Washington, DC.
Arguing that telecommunications is transforming almost every sector of American society except education, this study analyzed the governance, management, technical, and fiscal issues associated with the creation and maintenance of an education satellite telecommunications system that would make cost-effective, equitable access to quality education a reality for all American students. The first of six sections of this report reviews problems that impede greater use of satellites and fiscal and technical issues. The study process is described in the second section, including background information, the working groups, technical expertise, the conceptual approach, and the report and conclusions. Technical issues are considered in the third section, including alternative delivery systems, the education satellite market, program providers, assessment of existing earth stations, space segment configuration and deployment, technologies for transmission and reception, and financial considerations. The fourth section addresses government and management issues such as ownership of the satellite, governance of the system, models for governance, and technical management of satellites. Fiscal issues addressed in section five include financing the organization, financing the satellite with tax-exempt bonds, and other methods. General observations in section six conclude the report. The names and addresses of members of the two working groups--technical issues and policy and governance issues--are appended. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: EDSAT Inst., Washington, DC.