ERIC Number: ED358816
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May-15
Reference Count: N/A
Federal/State Regulatory Reform, Cost Allocation, and CATV/TELCO Distance Learning Initiatives in Connecticut.
Pietras, Jesse John; Murphy, Robert J.
Distance learning in Connecticut has begun to develop in the wake of telecommunications (TELCO) infrastructure modernization. Progress in this area is reviewed and discussed. The state has not yet adopted a standardized statewide policy governing the delivery of educational telecommunications programing, and various private producers currently provide remote education services in the state. SciStar, a microwave delivered interactive science education distance learning curriculum, is an example of a privately produced service that participating schools purchase. The Connecticut State Department of Education is completing a two-channel instructional television fixed service that will eventually deliver instructional programing to every school in the state. The regulation and legislation involved are reviewed, and costs of private and public sector programs are explored. The present and future participation of cable television (CATV) companies is described. A look at available technology suggests that fiber is the best transmission medium for two-way full-motion audio and video where students and teacher can interact in real time. Connecticut's Public Act 92-146 is evidence that the state has taken steps to ensure that there is accountability by franchise operators for the technologies that will shape instructional uses of telecommunications. Seven tables illustrate the discussion. (Contains 42 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Cable Television, Cost Effectiveness, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Educational Television, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Programs, Federal Regulation, Interactive Video, Resource Allocation, Science Education, State Legislation, State Programs, Teaching Methods, Telecommunications, Telecourses
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut