ERIC Number: ED334045
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Bringing the Information Age to Rural America. Hearings before the Government Information, Justice, and Agriculture Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations. House of Representatives, One Hundred First Congress, First and Second Sessions (June 14, 1989; October 12, 1989; and February 7, 1990).
Congress of the U. S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Government Operations.
In 1989-90 three Congressional hearings received testimony on the need for modern telecommunications infrastructure in rural areas and the ways such infrastructure could foster rural economic development. A researcher on rural development reported findings that deregulation policies had removed incentives for telecommunications companies to serve rural areas, and that government assistance in rural telecommunications development would be necessary for rural areas to have equal access to information services and to compete in the national economy. Testimony by Congressmen and representatives of telecommunications companies and federal and state regulatory agencies discussed: (1) competition versus monopoly in public utilities, and the effects of each on the consumer; (2) the Rural Electrification Administration's Telephone Loan Program and rural cooperatives; (3) improving rural educational opportunities through telecommunications technology; (4) regulation of cable television companies; (5) the conditions under which rural customers receive telecommunications services; and (6) specific recommendations for legislation. An extensive presentation by Bell Atlantic describes how a public broadband network integrating audio, visual, and computer technologies could affect the everyday lives of future American consumers. (SV)
Descriptors: Distance Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Regulation, Futures (of Society), Government Role, Hearings, Public Policy, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Rural Education, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications
Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U. S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Government Operations.