ERIC Number: ED461462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Rural Telecommunications Policy Panel. Final Report and Recommendations.
Minnesota State Univ., Mankato. Center for Rural Policy and Development.
This report examines the role of the state in ensuring access to advanced telecommunications technologies by all Minnesotans and explores viable policy alternatives. Recommendations fall into four categories: access, affordability and competition, training and skills, and local initiative. Concerning access, the goal is for all Minnesotans to have access to affordable, advanced information infrastructure in 3-5 years. Recommendations for the state include setting standards of service, addressing the needs of hard-to-serve areas, creating incentives and removing barriers for rural service provision, and focusing on rural American Indian communities. The goal for affordability and competition is to protect consumers from monopolies where competition does not occur. Recommendations include eliminating barriers to competition, monitoring competition, and exploring public-private sharing of facilities. Regarding training and skills, the goal is for all Minnesotans to have the information and opportunity to use telecommunications and information technology. Recommendations include providing information on training opportunities, supporting training initiatives, attracting skilled instructors, supporting employee training, and ensuring the production of technology-literate students. Concerning local initiative, communities should have the information and opportunities to use communications technology to spur growth and improve the quality of life. Recommendations include teaching communities to link telecommunications to economic development, encouraging a proactive attitude towards telecommunications development, involving all parties in planning, and funding projects that might otherwise fail. Appendices present population changes, models of services used in rural settings, telecommunications survey maps, and fiber networks in Minnesota. (TD)
Descriptors: American Indians, Economic Development, Educational Needs, Government Role, Information Technology, Labor Force Development, On the Job Training, Public Policy, Rural Areas, State Aid, State Regulation, Technological Literacy, Telecommunications
For full text: http://www.mankato.msus.edu/dept/ruralmn/forums.html.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Univ., Mankato. Center for Rural Policy and Development.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota