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ERIC Number: EJ1258143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-679X
Broadband Connectivity in "Flyover Country"
McCoy, Randall
Information Systems Education Journal, v18 n2 p41-49 Apr 2020
Every professor (who teaches online or uses online submissions) has probably heard that story about not having internet access at a crucial time. It is kind of like that story about the "dog eating the homework…", but in rural areas, the dog may be lack of internet connectivity. Broadband commonly refers to high-speed internet access that is always on and faster than the traditional dial-up access. Most urban areas in the United States have broadband and cellular internet services abundantly provided, but adequate broadband in rural areas of the country still do not have enough internet service needed to perform and compete in modern markets. In the 21st Century, the Internet is necessary to complete necessary tasks in communications for education, businesses, health care, and farming communities. This case provides a conversation for a Computer Information Systems undergraduate course, or an introduction to Management Information Systems course, in which this topic is part of the curriculum. The case could be used in other courses to discuss the impact of legislation on business, public/private collaborations, and ethics. It has application for various economics classes or courses bearing on the Internet and connectivity. The case was written to generate discussion and to help students contend with the trade-offs of social and economic realities of business and governmental policies. The emphasis of the case is to provide an opportunity for students to learn about the topics and become knowledgeable about the problems that are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Alabama
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