In the Media
Oregon Public Broadcasting's RURAL.COM.
Halfway, OR (half.com, OR): the town featured in RURAL.COM
KQED's SPRINGBOARD: SMALL TOWN TECH: How is high technology changing things in small town America? Find out with visits to a Hawaiian cattle ranch, a rural Virginia town, an isolated enclave in New Mexico, and other hotbeds of "Small Town Tech."
"The Most Wired Town in America": Blacksburg, Virginia's Electronic Village, featured in SMALL TOWN TECH.
"Post-Cowboy Economics": stories and in-depth analysis of rural western economics from Headwaters News.
Discussion Forum at Headwatersnews.org: join in a dialogue about issues and events shaping the West.
IdahoPTV's DIALOGUE, Idaho's only statewide public affairs show.
Falling through the Net: A US Commerce Department site to help inform citizens of the federal government's activities regarding Americans' access to the Internet and other information technologies.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the Executive Branch's principal voice on domestic and international telecommunications and information technology issues.
Networking the Land: Rural America in the Information Age: an NTIA study, December 2001.
Deployment of Broadband Networks and Advanced Telecommunications: Public Comments submitted to the NTIA, December 2001.
US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development: the umbrella site for the USDA's rural programs
Rural Utilities Service: an office of the USDA.
Advanced Telecommunications in Rural America: an NTIA/RUS joint study (Requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader).
Other Telecom and Universal Service-related documents from the Rural Utilities Service.
Governor's Task Force On Rural Development: Findings And Recommendations (September 2000).
Delivering Broadband Content in Idaho: A GIS-based study done during Idaho Public Television's analysis of DTV datacasting.
The National Congress of American Indians: The NCAI's Digital Divide Task Force is working with tribes to develop strategic partnerships and policy recommendations to provide technology access, education and training, and economic development to Indian Country.
The Federal Communications Commission has made telecommunications development in Indian Country a priority.
"New report confirms telecommunications lag in Indian country": a story from Indian Country Today.
Research and Policy Institutes
National Rural Network: The mission of National Rural Network (NRN) is to create awareness and understanding of those public policies which enhance the viability of Rural America.
University of Idaho, Department of Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology.
Washington State University, Department of Rural Sociology.
Centre for Community Enterprise: Canadian, with links to information on the Oregon Benchmarks, a vision for state-wide and community strategic planning.
Civil Rights Forum on Communications Policy: Connecting Rural America.