ERIC Number: ED399097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May
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Telecommunications for Rural America: Lessons from Nebraska.
Bretz, Randall G.
As a new form of infrastructure is being developed across the vast prairie of Nebraska, electronic pioneers are leading the way to the information age. This paper describes some of those pioneers and their work. The University of Nebraska has been among the leaders in developing the Internet and applications for it. The university established one of the first regional computer networks in the Midwest and developed a network of extension educators that now has Internet connections in 81 of the 93 Nebraska counties. The Nebraska State Department of Education has also been a pioneer, providing Internet training to teachers and funding for Internet access in schools. Today, about half of Nebraska school districts have direct Internet connections, with the remainder using modems for access. Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, which has provided educational television and radio for over 40 years, has created NebraskaNet, bringing together the electronic activities of state agencies, the University, schools, colleges, and communities in an Internet service that is easy to locate and navigate. In addition, three partner communities are working with NebraskaNet to pilot models of community connection to and "presence" on the Internet. An initiative of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development offers rural communities an organizational model and a basic strategic planning process that enable them to accelerate and capitalize on expanded access to information. A description of the experiences of three Nebraska communities provides a perspective on activities related to information technology occurring across the state. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Nebraska