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Survey of Rural Information Infrastructure Technologies.

Allen, Kenneth C.; And Others

Abstract: Communication and information technologies can reduce the barriers of distance and space that disadvantage rural areas. This report defines a set of distinct voice, computer, and video telecommunication services; describes several rural information applications that make use of these services; and surveys various wireline and wireless systems and technologies that are being used or that might be used to deliver these services to rural areas. Rural information applications such as distance learning require a wide range of telecommunication services, but no current system or technology is capable of delivering all services to all areas. This report concludes that there are many technologies suitable for providing voice telecommunication services in rural areas. It is also technically feasible to provide advanced computer networking and video capabilities to even relatively small towns in rural areas. However, no available technology could economically provide these broadband capabilities to the most isolated farms, ranches, and homes. New wireless technology would be needed to accomplish this. Government regulations and policies will also play an essential role in the development of the Rural Information Infrastructure. Different regulations and policies will likely be required in rural areas than in urban areas. Contains 66 references. Appendices list acronyms and abbreviations and describe measurements of rural spectrum usage in the 108-MHz to 19.7-GHz frequency range, conducted at Eureka, California. (Author/SV)

Title: Survey of Rural Information Infrastructure Technologies.
Author: Allen, Kenneth C.; And Others
Note: 211p.
Publication Year: Sep 1995
Document Type: Research Report (143); Review Literature (070)
Target Audience: Practitioners and Teachers
ERIC Identifier: ED399125
Clearinghouse Identifier: RC020725
This document is available from the ERIC Document Reproduction Service.

Descriptors: * Access to Information; * Audiovisual Communications; Computer Networks; Geographic Isolation; * Information Technology; Public Policy; * Rural Areas; Small Towns; * Telecommunications; Teleconferencing

Identifiers: Access to Technology; *National Information Infrastructure

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