ERIC Number: ED425040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Making Wise Choices: Telecommunications for Rural Community Viability. Proceedings of a Workshop (Kansas City, Missouri, February 25-27, 1997).
Abbott, Eric A., Ed.
This proceedings contains keynote speeches, community case studies, and small-group recommendations concerned with successful telecommunications initiatives in rural communities. The four keynote addresses are: "Electronic Highways and Byways: Converging Technologies and Rural Development" (Heather E. Hudson); "Information Technologies and Rural Community Viability: Lessons from the Past" (J. Paul Yarbrough); "Investment in the Rural Infrastructure: The Lessons from the First 100 Years" (Mary McDermott); and "Community Social Capital and Leadership: Keys to the Technological Future of Rural Communities" (Daryl Hobbs). Community strategies for taking advantage of new technologies, problems encountered, and successes and failures are described in eight community case studies:"GRANeT: Grant County, Wisconsin" (Terry Gibson, Tom Schmitz); "Telemedicine: Hays, Kansas" (Robert Cox); "Fiber to Every Home: Kalona, Iowa" (Ronald Slechta, Ray Marner); "ACENet: Athens, Ohio" (Amy Borgstrom); "Nevada, Missouri: The TeleCommunity Project" (Alan Kenyon); "Mitchell, South Dakota: The Teleport" (Dan Muck, Chris Paustian); "Telecommunications Builds on Long-Term Community Development: Aurora, Nebraska" (Gary Warren, Dixie Whitlow); and "Traversenet: Wheaton, Minnesota" (Darrell Zimmerman, Jim Milne, Earl Steffens). In the final section, "Making Wise Choices: Ideas and Observations Concerning Ways To Improve Use of New Telecommunications Technologies by Rural Communities," five community representatives, policy experts, and researchers highlight problems in technology use and the benefits and opportunities available for schools, health care, local government, and businesses. The presenters were Ray Marner, Alex Weego, Peter Korsching, Dom Caristi, and Tom Tate. Specific recommendations for community telecommunications development, generated in small group discussions, are summarized. A participant list is included. (SV)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Farm Foundation, Oak Brook, IL.; Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Ames, IA.