ERIC Number: ED410086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The Telecommunications Act of 1996: A Guide for Educators. Policy Briefs.
Gregg, Soleil; And Others
West Virginia has been pursuing an approach to connecting students to the information highway that mirrors the model envisioned by the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This policy brief aims to help schools and state agencies understand the discounts provided by the Act. U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller explains the provisions of the Snowe-Rockefeller-Exon-Kerrey Amendment that provides discounts to schools and hospitals for telecommunications hardware and services. State Superintendent of Schools Hank Marockie explains how departments of education can help school districts take advantage of the discounts. State Senator Lloyd Jackson enumerates ways that state government should coordinate agencies to assist schools and libraries in getting the discounts. Vice-president of Bell Atlantic-West Virginia, Ritchie Ireland, offers nine principles to help state and local agencies work with telecommunications providers. Consumer advocate Billy Jack Gregg describes the role that state public utility commissions play in telecommunications discounts and how state and local education agencies can work with them. Craig Howley of the ERIC Clearinghouse for Rural Education and Small Schools identifies seven issues facing rural schools, and suggests six steps rural school administrators can take to implement the Act. Billy Jack Gregg and Soleil Gregg give brief explanations of the discounts, types of services covered, eligibility, and the application process and requirements. The school discount matrix and 11 on-line telecommunications resources are included. (TD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Federal Legislation, Federal State Relationship, Financial Support, Government School Relationship, Internet, Libraries, Public Policy, Rural Schools, School Districts, State Agencies, State School District Relationship, Telecommunications
Appalachia Educational Laboratory, Inc., P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348 ($2); World Wide Web: http://www.ael.org
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Telecommunications Act 1996