ERIC Number: ED393623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Communities Address Barriers to Connectivity.
Rural Clearinghouse Digest, v3 n1 Feb 1996
Rural areas lag behind urban areas in access to information technologies. Public institutions play a critical role in extending the benefits of information technologies to those who would not otherwise have access. The most successful rural telecommunications plans address barriers to use, such as unawareness of the benefits, technophobia, the need for training, and the cost relative to perceived value, as well as barriers to access, such as higher installation costs due to distance and low population density. Rural communities are coming online through a number of initiatives. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has two programs that fund demonstration projects and assist rural communities in gaining access to information services and technologies. Regional and state initiatives include the Rural Datafication Project, which enables state networks to deliver services to rural communities, and several initiatives in Nebraska that focus on stimulating demand. Big Sky Telegraph has pioneered efforts to bring rural residents online and is a model for rural networking systems. The National Public Telecomputing Network's Rural Information Program helps rural communities set up local information networks that are owned and controlled by the community. Information is provided on 12 organizations and online resources. Contains 11 references and 9 additional resources. (TD)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Community Information Services, Computer Literacy, Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Programs, Electronic Mail, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Networks, Information Technology, Internet, National Programs, Organizations (Groups), Rural Areas, Telecommunications
Rural Clearinghouse for Lifelong Education and Development, College of Education, Kansas State University, 111 College Court Bldg., Manhattan, KS 66506-6001 ($5).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Rural Clearinghouse for Lifelong Education and Development.