ERIC Number: ED470445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Networking the Land: Rural America in the Information Age.
This report describes 10 projects funded by the federal Technology Opportunities Program, in which people in isolated regions are finding ways to connect to new information networks and are reaping social, economic, and educational benefits. In the sprawling Navajo Nation, where many families lack even basic telephone service, local tribal governments are using satellite connections to connect with the outside world. In rural Mayville, North Dakota, a state university is working with local leaders to establish a homegrown technology industry and halt a long economic decline. A project of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is showing how timely collection and distribution of information can improve the efficiency of irrigation systems and help farmers in Utah's Sevier River basin stretch limited water resources. In coastal Maine, better information systems are improving the delivery of social services to needy families. Two telemedicine projects, which deliver health care services and medical education in rural Maine and Vermont, show that telemedicine comprises various tools rather than a single technology and that human relationships make it work. Broadband videoconferencing is being used by Marshall University (West Virginia) to make distance education more personal, and is improving extension services offered by North Dakota State University. The Virtual Chautauqua use video and audio streaming technology to bring the performing arts into rural Colorado classrooms, while Dance Partners uses videoconferencing to bring dance education to remote Minnesota communities. Contact information is included. (SV)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Access to Information, Distance Education, Extension Education, Higher Education, Information Networks, Information Technology, Internet, Rural Areas, Rural Education
For full text: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/top/publicationmedia/rural2001/networking_the_land.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Telecommunications and Information Administration (DOC), Washington, DC.