Advanced Internet connectivity in higher education: The states's role in equitable access

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Title:
Advanced Internet connectivity in higher education: The states's role in equitable access
Author:
Ball, Mary Alice
Issue Date:
2000
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The Internet increasingly influences how we communicate with one another, conduct business, and educate our children. Our ability to connect to the Internet therefore becomes an integral part of our participating in and contributing to society. In this paper I examine equitable access to the telecommunications infrastructure that increasingly is used to transfer information around the country and the world. I focus my discussion on statewide networks and advanced Internet connectivity for publicly funded institutions of higher education. Using an informational questionnaire of all fifty United States and case studies of Mississippi and Washington, I investigate the role of state government in developing statewide networks that equitably serve public education. My findings indicate that more than any other source state government plays a critical role in financing the creation of statewide networks. They also show that the involvement of state government promotes equitable access to advanced networking but typically addresses this issue in terms of geographic location or socioeconomic status, rather than race. My research confirms that the more formalized the government's administrative structure for managing information technology, the more likely it is to fund the establishment of a statewide network. I also find that the presence of high technology corporations positively influences the development of a statewide network not so much because of the active involvement of industry but because the state government will act more entrepreneurially in constructing telecommunications infrastructure to promote industrial investment and economic growth.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Education, Technology of.; Education, Higher.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Higher Education
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Slaughter, Sheila

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleAdvanced Internet connectivity in higher education: The states's role in equitable accessen_US
dc.creatorBall, Mary Aliceen_US
dc.contributor.authorBall, Mary Aliceen_US
dc.date.issued2000en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe Internet increasingly influences how we communicate with one another, conduct business, and educate our children. Our ability to connect to the Internet therefore becomes an integral part of our participating in and contributing to society. In this paper I examine equitable access to the telecommunications infrastructure that increasingly is used to transfer information around the country and the world. I focus my discussion on statewide networks and advanced Internet connectivity for publicly funded institutions of higher education. Using an informational questionnaire of all fifty United States and case studies of Mississippi and Washington, I investigate the role of state government in developing statewide networks that equitably serve public education. My findings indicate that more than any other source state government plays a critical role in financing the creation of statewide networks. They also show that the involvement of state government promotes equitable access to advanced networking but typically addresses this issue in terms of geographic location or socioeconomic status, rather than race. My research confirms that the more formalized the government's administrative structure for managing information technology, the more likely it is to fund the establishment of a statewide network. I also find that the presence of high technology corporations positively influences the development of a statewide network not so much because of the active involvement of industry but because the state government will act more entrepreneurially in constructing telecommunications infrastructure to promote industrial investment and economic growth.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectEducation, Technology of.en_US
dc.subjectEducation, Higher.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHigher Educationen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorSlaughter, Sheilaen_US
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dc.identifier.bibrecord.b40376953en_US
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