[LINK] Benefits of a digital economy enabled by the National

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Wed Sep 22 17:16:43 EST 2010

Kim Holburn wrote:
> On 2010/Sep/22, at 4:19 PM, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>> Education seems to be the most compelling argument for
>> ubiquitous high speed access to the Internet and I would
>> suggest such access for every government school/tafe/library
>> building in the country should be a priority. These
>> facilities should then be available for University study as
>> well. The articulation beyond that can be done once this has
>> been achieved.
> Can't argue with that except to say that country universities,  
> schools, libraries, hospitals should get first dibs.

I suspect country univiersities are already equipped - what 
I was talking about is giving potential students access to 
any university - via remoter schools and libraries.

> Looks like the US is looking at something similar:
> http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/09/fcc-to-fast-track-fiber-to-schools-and-libraries.ars?
>> FCC to fast track fiber to schools and libraries
>> A big component of the Federal Communication Commission's national  
>> broadband strategy is to turn "anchor institutions"—schools,  
>> libraries, and government buildings—into 1Gbps hubs of community  
>> access for high speed Internet. The agency took that agenda one step  
>> further on Tuesday by announcing that schools and libraries will  
>> soon be able to use E-Rate funds to obtain access to unused fiber- 
>> optic connections around the country, sometimes known as "dark  
>> fiber" lines.
>> "With these fiber networks, schools and libraries can provide  
>> students and communities with cutting-edge connectivity, while at  
>> the same time saving millions of dollars by bypassing more expensive  
>> options," the draft proposal explains.

Marghanita da Cruz
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