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PTFP Distance Learning Awards

FISCAL YEAR 1995

File No. 95214 ICTN Northern Arizona University, Communications Bldg 16, Room 229, Flagstaff, AZ 86011. Signed by: Dr. Henry Hooper, VP, Academic Affairs. Funds Awarded: $830,988. Total Project Cost: $1,384,980. To extend Northern Arizona University's distance learning network (NAUNet) by interconnecting and establishing video classroom facilities at three additional sites and by installing network hub facilities at Window Rock, which is the capital of the Navajo Indian Reservation, and at Pima Community College, Tucson. The multimedia classroom and production equipment will be located at the Bullhead City campus of Mohave Community College, Nogales Unified District #1, and Pima Community College. The project will construct duplex microwave links between Flagstaff and Bullhead City and between Tucson and Nogales. It will also expand the NAUNet master control in Flagstaff to accommodate the new circuits.

File No. 95216 ICTN Cal. State University, Chico, West First & Normal Streets, Chico, CA 95929-0250. Signed by: Dr. Elaine Wangberg, Vice Provost for Research. Funds Awarded: $193,061. Total Project Cost: $386,122. To establish a satellite delivered distance education network in California by equipping an existing Ku-band uplink with digital compression equipment and by constructing 41 satellite downlinks at locations throughout the state. The applicant currently provides a nationwide Ku-band satellite service for computer training and an undergraduate curriculum via microwave and ITFS in Northern California. The proposed system would replace the microwave/ITFS system which is almost 20 years old and is operating on frequencies which must be vacated to avoid interference to commercial direct broadcast satellite television services. The satellite delivery system would permit the distribution of the applicant's distance learning to additional areas of the state.

File No. 95234 ICTBN Kern Educational T/C Consortium, 1300 17th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301-4533. Signed by: Dr. Kelly F. Blanton, Kern Co. Superin. of Schools. Funds Awarded: $834,704. Total Project Cost: $1,669,409. To provide first public telecommunications/distance learning services to over 300,000 residents of the rural, high desert regions of eastern Kern County, CA. The project will construct two ITFS facilities, a low-power noncommercial TV station, four classroom production facilities, and a digital microwave system that will interconnect these facilities with the Consortium's main studios in Bakersfield. Major regions to be served are the Edwards/Rosamond/Lancaster/Mojave areas and the Ridgecrest area.

File No. 95244 IPTN Kern Community College District, 3000 College Heights Blvd., Ridgecrest, CA 93555. Signed by: Dr. Raymond McCue, President. Funds Awarded: $64,125. Total Project Cost: $129,422. To develop a plan that would include cooperative agreements among educational institutions and service agencies in Kern, Inyo and Mono counties in eastern California, and would design an interactive telecommunications system to provide distance learning and training opportunities, particularly to the population in isolated areas of rural Inyo and Mono counties.

File No. 95229 IPTN Florida Gulf Coast University, 17595 So. Tamiami Trail, Ste 200, Fort Myers, FL 33908. Signed by: Dr. Roy McTarnaghan, President. Funds Awarded: $69,108. Total Project Cost: $102,370. To develop a plan for a coordinated, interactive distance education network in five southwestern Florida counties that will explore options for an interconnection system among educational institutions, public broadcasting facilities, government offices and service agencies for distance learning and training.

File No. 95059 ICTN City of Thomasville, 144 E. Jackson Street, Thomasville, GA 31792. Signed by: Ms. Camille Payne, Mayor. Funds Awarded: $590,883. Total Project Cost: $1,181,766. To establish an interactive distance learning network that will use a fiber optics SONET-based system to interconnect diverse municipal and educational institutions in Thomas County, located in southern Georgia. The entities to be connected include the City of Thomasville, the Thomasville City Schools, the Thomas County Schools, Thomas Area Technical School, Thomas College, and the Thomas County Public Library.

File No. 95144 IPTBN Georgia State University, 140 Decatur Street, Ste 805, Atlanta, GA 30303. Signed by: Dr. Cleon C. Arrington, VP for Research & Info Tech. Funds Awarded: $74,849. Total Project Cost: $106,857. To assess the facilities and equipment of the present Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission facility in Atlanta, and to plan for and design this facility as a statewide telecommunication distribution, production and training center, for distance learning and training applications.

File No. 95188 ICTN Eastern Iowa Cmty. College District, 306 West River Drive, Davenport, IA 52801. Signed by: Dr. John T. Blong, Chancellor. Funds Awarded: $73,588. Total Project Cost: $147,176. To purchase equipment that will allow the Graphic Arts Technology Center of Iowa (GATCI), Clinton, to interconnect with the State of Iowa's fiber optics system. The project will also install instructor-operated video production facilities at the GATCI, which is operated by the Eastern Iowa Community College District through its Clinton Community College campus. The project will provide training in high-tech printing and graphics to 22,000 Iowa residents involved in that vocation.

File No. 95008 ICTN Louisiana State University, 347 Pleasant Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3103. Signed by: Dr. Allen Copping, President. Funds Awarded: $343,740. Total Project Cost: $687,480. To establish a two-way interactive compressed video system that would connect the five campuses of the Louisiana State University System using a digital data network operating over terrestrial T-1 circuits. The campuses are located at Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Eunice, New Orleans, and Shreveport. A video classroom would be placed at each campus. The system's multipoint control unit would be housed on the Baton Rouge campus, where the director of the system would be located. The system would allow for the exchange of teleconferencing and course work among the five campuses.

File No. 95111 IPTN Univ. of Maryland Univ. College, University Blvd. at Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20742. Signed by: Dr. T. Benjamin Massey, President. Funds Awarded: $99,612. Total Project Cost: $141,242. To develop a plan for the integration of technologies in a telecommunications network as a "virtual university" through the University of Maryland's Virtual University Task Force and its Open Learning Program, to provide distance learning services to U.S. citizens in the U.S, its territories, and in other countries.

File No. 95081 ICTN Regents of the Univ. of Michigan, 1321 East Court Street, Flint, MI 48502. Signed by: Mr. Chandler Matthews, Assoc. Vice President, Finance. Funds Awarded: $45,375. Total Project Cost: $90,750. To purchase equipment to activate a video classroom and to interconnect the University of Michigan/Flint with compressed video via telephone lines to diverse other academic institutions.

File No. 95196 IPTN University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105. Signed by: Dr. Robert Rehn, Director, I.S.S. Funds Awarded: $79,795. Total Project Cost: $90,450. To initiate a telecommunications plan that will involve the private colleges and universities in Minnesota in a consortium effort to identify the potential uses of technologies statewide for distance education, consistent with the state's distance learning network, the "Learning Network of Minnesota" and its data/video system "MNET."

File No. 95079 ICTBN Public Television 19, Inc., 125 East 31st Street, Kansas City, MO 64108. Signed by: Mr. William T. Reed, President. Funds Awarded: $18,258. Total Project Cost: $36,516. To purchase a master router expansion kit for public television station KCPT, Ch. 19, Kansas City, MO. The project will improve the station's ability to offer educational programming via a diversity of media to school districts in a wide area in both Missouri and Kansas.

File No. 95158 IPTN University of Missouri - St. Louis, 8001 Natural Bridge Rd Lucas Hal, St. Louis, MO 63121. Signed by: Dr. Douglas Wartzok, Assoc. V.Chan/Rsch & Grad Dean. Funds Awarded: $20,500. Total Project Cost: $44,915. The St. Louis EdNet consortium which includes the University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis Community College, and 28 K-12 public school districts propose to develop a plan for a two-way, interactive interconnection system providing video, voice and data distance learning services among educational institutions, government offices, service agencies and other organizations in an eleven county area of Missouri and Illinois.

File No. 95057 ICTN University of Mississippi, 201 Bishop Hall, University, MS 38677. Signed by: Dr. Michael R. Dingerson, Assoc.Vice Chancellor/Research. Funds Awarded: $50,625. Total Project Cost: $101,250. To establish a video production studio at the Teleproductions Resource Center of the University of Mississippi. The new studio would allow the University to offer diverse instructional programming to audiences it cannot at present reach. The University hopes to provide additional programming for Project LEAP -- an adult literacy program primarily serving African-American women -- in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, and Michigan. It also wishes to provide specialized programming on nutrition education (targeted towards elderly Mississippians, with funding from the State's Department of Human Services), and to a variety of rural public services employees; e.g., firefighters; emergency management personnel; state, municipal, and county employees; court personnel; and health professionals.

File No. 95209 ICTN South East MT T/C Ed. Coop., PO Box 500, 500 N. Trautman, Broadus, MT 59317. Signed by: Mr. Brian Patrick, President. Funds Awarded: $360,000. Total Project Cost: $539,919. To establish a two-way, audio/video interactive, fiber optic distance learning network that will interconnect 10 schools in rural southeast Montana. The project will purchase the required switching and interconnection equipment. The schools will be located in Rosebud, Treasure, Powder River, and Yellowstone Counties and on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. The network will also provide these sites with courses from Montana State University/Billings and Miles Community College, Miles City. The project represents a partnership between SEMTEC and the Range Telephone Cooperative.

File No. 95174 ICTN A DEC, C218 Animal Science Building, Lincoln, NE 68583. Signed by: Dr. Janet Poley, President/CEO. Funds Awarded: $300,000. Total Project Cost: $600,000. To convert 4 existing Ku-band satellite uplinks in the AGSAT system and 98 existing satellite downlinks operated by AGSAT affiliated schools from analog to digital technology.

File No. 95120 ICTN Eastern New Mexico University, 15th and Avenue O, Portales, NM 88130. Signed by: Mr. Duane W. Ryan, Director of Broadcasting. Funds Awarded: $300,000. Total Project Cost: $438,731. To expand Eastern New Mexico University's one-channel ITFS system serving Hobbs and Roswell to four channels and to further extend the four channels to a learning center in Ruidoso. This extension would bring the University's course work to the Mescalero Apache Reservation, which is near Ruidoso. In addition to the required dissemination equipment, the project would purchase a second video production classroom to originate ITFS courses at the University's broadcast center in Portales. The proposal also includes equipment for receive site classrooms in Roswell, Hobbs, and Ruidoso.

File No. 95287 ICTN Hispanic Educational Telecom System, 1130 University Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Signed by: Mr. Jose Mendez, Chair of HETS Board. Funds Awarded: $816,596. Total Project Cost: $1,088,794. To establish a C-band VSAT satellite-based network to provide distance learning to Hispanic students attending nine institutions of higher education: Lehman College and Hostos Community College, Bronx, NY; South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, AZ; Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; Ana Mendez University System and the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR; University of Texas, Brownsville, and the University of Texas Pan American, Edinburg, TX.

File No. 95237 ICTBN Clark County School District, 4210 Channel 10 Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Signed by: Mr. Thomas Axtell, General Manager. Funds Awarded: $190,000. Total Project Cost: $317,452. To construct a four-channel Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS) system to carry a first distance learning service to Boulder City. The project will also purchase a translator relay that would provide first public television service to Pahrump (retransmitting the signal of public television station KLVZ, Ch. 10, Las Vegas). The project will install satellite video downlinks at 13 sites in Clark, Lincoln, White Pine, and Nye Counties, all in Nevada, as well in locations in western Arizona and eastern California, serving approximately 30,042 persons with both broadcast and non-broadcast programs. Finally, the project will improve the studio production capabilities of station KLVZ-TV by assisting it to purchase a two-channel still store.

File No. 95051 ICTN Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, 5980 South Street Road, Auburn, NY 13021. Signed by: Dr. Frank Ambrosie, District Superintendent. Funds Awarded: $300,000. Total Project Cost: $417,161. To purchase video classrooms at twelve academic institutions in the Cayuga-Onondaga area of central New York, under the aegis of the Cayuga-Onondaga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). The sites will be connected by fiber optics to form a distance learning system. The system would comprise 9 public school districts, one BOCES site, a community college and a four-year private college and would permit the exchange of live educational programming, satellite teleconferences and programs, data communication, and media distribution.

File No. 95062 ICTN Cattaraugus/Allegany BOCES, 1825 Windfall Road, Olean, NY 14760. Signed by: Mr. Thomas P. Nickler, Asst. District Superintendent. Funds Awarded: $225,546. Total Project Cost: $451,092. To help establish a two-way interactive, full-motion video/analog distance learning system to interconnect 13 public schools and one post-secondary school in Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties, a mainly-rural, economically depressed area in southwest New York State. The proposal would support the activation of 12 video classrooms for the new system.

File No. 95205 ICTBN Greater Cincinnati TV Educ. Fdn., 1223 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214-2890. Signed by: Mr. W. Wayne Godwin, President & General Manager. Funds Awarded: $149,548. Total Project Cost: $299,096. To replace an obsolete, worn-out routing switcher and 15 video recording/playback machines at public television station WCET, Channel 48, Cincinnati, Ohio. The station's signal reaches 1,500,000 viewers in southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeastern Indiana, including more than 250,000 students in over 400 K-12 schools. WCET-TV also offers diverse cultural and educational programming over five channels of the local cable television system.

File No. 95099 ICTB Fundacion Educativa Ana G Mendez, P.O. Box 21345, Rio Piedras, PR 00928. Signed by: Mr. Jose F. Mendez, President. Funds Awarded: $685,230. Total Project Cost: $913,641. To extend the Ana G. Mendez University System's ITFS distance learning network to presently unserved areas of Puerto Rico. The project will accomplish this by constructing four ITFS repeater transmitters that will expand the network to numerous communities in the southeast, southcentral, and southwest regions. This extension would complete the network's island-wide coverage. The project would also purchase the equipment for four video classrooms, which would be installed at the following institutions: the Colegio Universitario del Este in Carolina; the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus; the Puerto Rico Department of Education facilities in the Hato Rey Metropolitan area; and the studio site of public television station WMTJ-TV (Ch. 40), San Juan.

File No. 95231 ICTN South Carolina ETV Commission, 1101 George Rodgers Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29201. Signed by: Mr. Ronald Schoenherr, Senior Vice President. Funds Awarded: $300,000. Total Project Cost: $600,000. To extend the services of South Carolina Educational Television by placing satellite downlink equipment at 210 middle, secondary and vocational schools throughout the state. The applicant currently distributes 6 channels of distance learning via satellite to 102 schools in the state.

File No. 95084 ICTN Old Dominion University, Room 228 Education Bldg., Norfolk, VA 23529-0526. Signed by: Dr. John Eck, Assoc. VP for Rsrch & Grad Std. Funds Awarded: $211,781. Total Project Cost: $423,562. To extend the TELETECHNET distance learning network of Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, to eight presently unserved and, for the most part, rural learning centers and to enhance the University's ability to produce educational programming. The TELETECHNET system provides baccalaureate programs (2+2) to students at community colleges throughout Virginia. The project would establish video classrooms, related computer interconnection equipment, and satellite receive-only earth stations at the eight new sites and provide an additional video originating classroom at the system's Virginia Beach Higher Education Center.

File No. 95180 IPTN Campbell County School Division, School Admin. Bldg., Main Street, Rustburg, VA 24588. Signed by: Dr. George Nolley, Superintendent. Funds Awarded: $50,000. Total Project Cost: $67,250. To plan a two-way interactive audio and video classroom system connecting four secondary schools in Campbell County, Virginia, and determine methods to establish direct access connections to the Internet.

File No. 95226 ICTN Amer. Indian Higher Ed. Consortium, 121 Oronoco Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Signed by: Ms. Margarett Perez, President. Funds Awarded: $778,059. Total Project Cost: $1,037,413. To establish a VSAT satellite network to provide distance learning to students attending institutions which are members of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). C-band VSAT terminals will be placed at 11 colleges: Bay Mills Community College, Brimley, MI; D-Q University, Davis, CA; Haskell Indian Nation University, Lawrence, KS; Leech Lake Tribal College, Cass Lake, MN; Navajo Community College, Tsaile, AZ; Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, WA; Salish-Kootenai Community College, Pablo, MT; Stone Child Community College, Rocky Boy, MT; Sinte Gleska University, Rosebud, SD; Southwest Indian Polytechnical Institute, Albuquerque, NM; and Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt, ND. Eighteen additional Native American colleges will receive the programming distributed by the VSAT system.

File No. 95292 IPTN City of Richland, 505 Swift Boulevard, Richland, WA 99352. Signed by: Mr. Joseph King, City Manager. Funds Awarded: $55,379. Total Project Cost: $110,758. To prepare an integrated telecommunications plan for the City of Richland, Washington, in a cooperative project involving many organizations and agencies in government, education, and business including the Richland School District, the Richland Campus of Washington State University, telecommunications companies, and city departments in developing an interconnection system for distance education and training.

File No. 95189 ICTN Western Wisconsin Tech. College, 304 North Sixth Street, La Crosse, WI 54602. Signed by: Ms. Denise Warner, Advancement Manager. Funds Awarded: $55,132. Total Project Cost: $110,264. To construct a fully interactive, two-way, video/audio network interconnecting the Western Wisconsin Technical College main campus in La Crosse (in La Crosse County) and the College's extended campus in Sparta Campus (in Monroe County). The project will also construct a teacher-operated TV production facility at the La Crosse campus.

File No. 95194 IPTN Fox Valley Technical College, 1825 N. Bluemound Drive, Appleton, WI 54913. Signed by: Dr. H. Victor Baldi, President. Funds Awarded: $99,500. Total Project Cost: $302,178. To plan for an interconnected, interactive distance learning network among the K-12 schools and colleges of the East Wisconsin Distance Learning Consortium in five counties of northeastern Wisconsin, for the use of technologies in secondary and post-secondary distance education programs in rural and small urban areas.

File No. 95294 IPTN Lincoln-Uinta Assoc. of Gov't, P. O. Box 389, Kemmerer, WY 83101. Signed by: Ms. Mary Crosby, Director. Funds Awarded: $15,000. Total Project Cost: $19,340. The two-county Lincoln-Uinta Association of Governments in southwestern Wyoming proposes to plan for the incorporation of appropriate technologies which might be feasible for an interconnected distance learning and training network and public broadcasting distribution system, across mountainous terrain to a scattered population in rural areas.


FISCAL YEAR 1994

File No. 94129 PTBN Bethel Broadcasting, Inc., 640 Radio St., Pouch 468, Bethel, AK 99559. Signed by: Mr. John A. McDonald, Secretary, GM. Funds Awarded: $36,723. Total Project Cost: $37,323. To develop a distance learning network plan for the Distance Delivery Consortium of Southwest Alaska, composed of member organizations in K-12 school districts, higher education, health care services, public broadcasting, and advisory members in long distance telephone service and satellite distribution, cable television, medical and technical training, and public utilities. The proposed plan would explore options and prepare a feasibility study for a network distribution system that could include a satellite uplink, satellite downlinks, and various last mile configurations for the video, voice and data delivery of educational materials.

File No. 94141 PTN Monterey County Office of Education, 901 Blanco Circle, Salinas, CA 93901. Signed by: Mr. William Barr, Superintendent. Funds Awarded: $81,991. Total Project Cost: $133,058. To design a multi-channel, multi-technology video distribution system for educational telecommunications use within a three-county region on California'a central coast, and through collaborations among the region's educational institutions, government agencies and private businesses, form the Monterey Bay Educational Telecommunications Roundtable. This Roundtable would include representatives of K-12 school districts, community colleges, universities and local governments working cooperatively to establish the Monterey Bay Educational Telecommunications Network to provide interactive services among educational institutions, government offices and area businesses.

File No. 94227 PTN Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Blvd. at W. 80th St., Los Angeles, CA 90045-2699. Signed by: Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra, Academic Vice President. Funds Awarded: $72,000. Total Project Cost: $96,021. To plan for an inter-campus telecommunications network designated as EduLINK, that would interconnect three institutions of higher education and many schools and agencies in each of their areas of the United States, through a fully interactive system providing video, voice and data capabilities for shared distance learning and training services. The three institutions proposing to develop the plan would be working cooperatively toward the sharing of courses, seminars, videoconferences, and computer interactive materials that emphasize the cultural diversity of the institutions - Loyola Marymount University, a multi-cultural university in Los Angeles; Benedict College, a traditionally African-American college in Columbia, SC; and Sinte Gleska University, a Lakota tribal university on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.

File No. 94267 CTN National Technological Univ., 700 Centre Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80526. Signed by: Mr. Lionel V. Baldwin, President. Funds Awarded: $500,000. Total Project Cost: $781,000. To establish a Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) satellite network which will provide information to small and medium manufacturing establishments on improving manufacturing competitiveness. The project will utilize NTU's existing digital satellite network and uplinks at 45 engineering schools and will fund 110 downlinks at sites participating in the MEP program, which is sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

File No. 94295 CTB San Juan Basin Area Voc-Tech School, P.O. Box 970, 33057 Highway 160, Cortez, CO 81321. Signed by: Mr. Howard N. Acott, Executive Director. Funds Awarded: $159,000. Total Project Cost: $212,662. To activate a low-power noncommercial TV station on Channel 28 that will bring diverse distance learning services to Montezuma and Dolores Counties in southwest Colorado. The course work transmitted will be designed for K-12 schools, San Juan Basin Area Vocational-Technical School, Pueblo Community College, and area law enforcement and firefighting institutions. The proposal includes a satellite Ku-band receive-only earth station, to permit the applicant to retransmit nationally-distributed instructional programming.

File No. 94134 CTN Amer. Indian Higher Ed. Consort., 509 Capitol Court N.E., Ste. 100, Washington, DC 20002. Signed by: Ms. Margarett C. Perez, President-AIHEC. Funds Awarded: $447,615. Total Project Cost: $596,820. To establish the first phase of a satellite-delivered distance learning system that would interconnect the 29 member-schools of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). The proposal would purchase a C/Ku-Band receive-only earth station for the 29 AIHEC colleges and for the AIHEC headquarters in Washington, D.C.; it would also provide video classroom equipment for the 29 schools. Three of the AIHEC schools are four-year institutions; the remainder are two-year community colleges. They are found in Michigan (1), Wisconsin (2), Minnesota (2), North Dakota (5), South Dakota (4), Nebraska (1), Kansas (1), Montana (7), Washington State (1), California (1), New Mexico (3), and Arizona (1). The proposal is the first result of a major telecommunications planning effort conducted over the past two years by AIHEC schools.

File No. 94211 CTN Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview, Ottumwa, IA 52501. Signed by: Dr. Lyle Hellyer, President. Funds Awarded: $109,246. Total Project Cost: $273,114. To establish a video production studio to be located in the Indian Hills Community College Advanced Technology Center. The classroom would allow for the origination of instructional programming such as laboratory demonstrations, experiments, and presentations beyond the capability of the usual video classroom. The course work produced in the studio would be transmitted via the Iowa Communications Network to K-12 public schools, post-secondary academic institutions and business/industry.

File No. 94243 SCOLA, RR #1, Box 204 Highway L52, McClelland, IA 51548. Signed by: Mr. Lee Lubbers S.J., President. Funds Awarded: $120,000. Total Project Cost: $240,000. To purchase four digital compressed video encoders to extend the satellite services of SCOLA. SCLOA provides foreign language news programming to 10,000 schools and universities throughout the United States. The digital compressed video encoders will permit SCOLA to use Ku-band satellite disribution to increase its programming from one channel to four channels. The three new channels will include documentaries, school courses and children's programs presented in orignal foreign languages. SCOLA will also offer courses in speaking less-commonly -taught languages, such as Swahili, Lakota and Dutch.

File No. 94079 CTN Educational Broadcstng Found. Inc., 2929 So. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118. Signed by: Mr. John Pela, Station Manager. Funds Awarded: $369,519. Total Project Cost: $739,038. To implement the New Orleans Educational Telecommunications Project (NOETP), which will use a two-channel ITFS system to serve approximately 250,000 students in 419 public, parochial, and private schools in the seven parishes that compose greater New Orleans: Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, and St. Tammany. The project would construct a production studio at public television station WLAE-TV, an origination video classroom at each of seven "hub" schools (one in each parish), and nine two-channel studio-to-transmitter microwave links to interconnect the "hub" schools and station WLAE-TV to a common transmission point.

File No. 94080 CTN University of Maine System, 107 Maine Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401. Signed by: Mr. William J. Sullivan, Treasurer, Univ of Maine Sys. Funds Awarded: $600,000. Total Project Cost: $812,183. To construct a statewide distance learning channel composed of ITFS and D-3 fiber optic interconnection. The channel would be an addition to the The University of Maine System's already-operating network. The new channel would offer baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts and business, as well as masters degrees in library science, industrial technology, educational administration and business administration.

File No. 94109 CTN PACE Telecommunications Consort., 6065 Learning Lane, Indian River, MI 49749. Signed by: Mr. Jack A. Keck, Director. Funds Awarded: $245,000. Total Project Cost: $333,147. To expand the PACE Telecommunications Consortium four-channel ITFS network to the K-12 schools in seven additional communities. The Consortium's ITFS network already reaches a number of school districts in its service area, using, beside the ITFS interconnection, cable television and CARS microwave. The PACE Telecommunications Consortium is located a rural six-county area covering 3,302 sq. miles in the northern tip of Michigan's lower peninsula.

File No. 94163 CTN Tuscola Intermediate School Dist, 4415 S. Seeger Street, Cass City, MI 48726. Signed by: Mr. Robert E. Townsend, R.E.M.C. #10 Director. Funds Awarded: $94,394. Total Project Cost: $193,894. By constructing a two-channel ITFS system, to establish a distance learning network that would interconnect 24 cable headends in the Thumb Area of eastern Michigan. Via dedicated channels, the cable systems would retransmit the educational programming to K-12 schools in 33 communities. The goals would be to make available low-incidence middle and high school classes -- such as advanced mathematics, science, and foreign languages -- where they are not presently offered, to provide professional development activities and graduate level classes for teachers and administrators, to offer training opportunities to local business and industry, and to put into place a comprehensive community education program.

File No. 94317 CTN Northwestern Michigan College, 1701 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684. Signed by: Mr. Timothy G. Quinn, President. Funds Awarded: $850,000. Total Project Cost: $3,356,597. To acquire the equipment for, construct and extend a two-way interactive interconnection system designated as Project Interconnect, that would provide video, voice and data services for distance learning and training to students, educators and the workforce in Northwestern Michigan. The proposed fiber optic network would connect colleges, universities, fifteen school districts, libraries, hospitals, and government offices to the present digital compressed video connection from Northwestern Michigan College's main campus in Traverse City to its satellite campus in Cadillac.

File No. 94098 PTBN Asian Media Access, Inc., 730 Hennepin Ave, #812, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Signed by: Mr. Stephen J. Lu, President. Funds Awarded: $50,000. Total Project Cost: $101,012. To plan for a television production studio in St. Paul, Minnesota that would be managed, operated and have Board control by Asian-Americans, for the purpose of producing and distributing distance learning courses and educational television programs specifically directed to the needs of Asian-Americans in the state, and potentially nationally.

File No. 94233 CTN Public Television 19, Inc., 125 East 31st Street, Kansas City,, MO 64108. Signed by: Mr. William T. Reed, President. Funds Awarded: $200,000. Total Project Cost: $306,037. To construct and activate a new educational service by implementing an interactive compressed video classroom project and interconnection system, to be integrated into a network for student course work and teacher training and development. The classroom origination facility, the compressed video CODEC, and the interconnecting fiber optic transceivers would compose a Kansas City compressed video network hub delivering live interactive instruction to schools and educational centers across Kansas and Missouri.

File No. 94156 CTN Mississippi Authority for ETV, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211. Signed by: Mr. Larry D. Miller, Executive Director. Funds Awarded: $535,322. Total Project Cost: $1,070,644. To purchase audio and video equipment to establish nine multi-media Interactive Technology Centers across Mississippi. Also purchased will be codec terminal equipment, a 32-port switcher, and related hardware and software to allow the Centers to be connected via T1 lines. Eight of the Centers will be housed at public high schools and one will be located in the Jackson headquarters of the Mississippi Authority for ETV. Each Center's primary objective will be to allow secondary students in poor, rural schools to have access to otherwise-unavailable instructional materials. The Centers, however, will also be used to provide professional support to teachers and administrators and to offer such functions as adult literacy courses and industrial training.

File No. 94093 CTN Turtle Mountain Community College, Box 340, Belcourt, ND 58316. Signed by: Mr. Gerald Monette, President. Funds Awarded: $271,482. Total Project Cost: $361,977. To establish distance learning facilities at four Native American community colleges in North Dakota: Turtle Mountain Community College; Ft. Berthold Community College; Little Hoop Community College (serving the Ft. Totten Reservation); and United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck. The four schools will be connected by T-1 transmission lines; all schools will have video classroom origination facilities. The system will permit the schools to share instructional programming; to do this, they will interconnect with and use the switching facilities of Standing Rock College, located at Ft. Yates, ND. The project would also allow the schools to participate in the North Dakota University System's Interactive Video Network (IVN).

File No. 94040 PTN Hispanic Educational Telecom System, 1130 University Blvd., N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87102. Signed by: Mr. Jose F. Mendez, President & Chairman, HETS. Funds Awarded: $115,000. Total Project Cost: $155,000. To develop the plan for a new Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) to interconnect institutions of higher education serving significant Hispanic populations with video and data resources, facilitating the sharing of credit, non-credit and outreach programs to on-campus and off-campus students as well as Hispanics in the workforce. The founding HETS institutions are seven universities and community colleges in the states of Arizona, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and in Puerto Rico.

File No. 94287 PTN Northern New Mexico Network, #50 County Road 13, Cuba, NM 87013. Signed by: Mr. Joe A. Lopez, President. Funds Awarded: $45,000. Total Project Cost: $47,400. To develop a comprehensive distance learning plan that would consider the feasibility of possible telecommunications systems for a two-way interactive network offering specialized and advanced level courses for K-12 academic students and vocational students, and professional development and in-service training to educators and support staff. The proposed plan would also review long-range options for such an interconnection system to provide continuing education and training to the workforce in various professions and occupations, and information services to the general population in northern New Mexico.

File No. 94291 CTN Herkimer, Fulton, Hamilt, Ots BOCES, 400 Gros Blvd., Herkimer, NY 13350. Signed by: Mr. William E. Whitehill Jr., District Superintendent. Funds Awarded: $335,000. Total Project Cost: $490,518. To acquire the necessary equipment to activate a fiber optic interconnection system in Herkimer County and parts of six surrounding counties in central New York State among twelve school districts, a community college, and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) office. The links in this proposed network would include fourteen teaching/learning classrooms that could originate and receive fully interactive video, voice and data materials for instructional distance learning classes, in-service courses, professional development programs, and other community service needs.

File No. 94071 PTN Ohio Valley Reg. Dev. Commission, 740 Second Street, Rm. 102, Portsmouth, OH 45662-4088. Signed by: Mr. Jeffrey Spencer, Executive Director. Funds Awarded: $27,000. Total Project Cost: $36,000. To plan for an interactive distance learning network that could potentially involve educational institutions at all levels, libraries, health care facilities and other public service agencies in the Ohio Valley Regional Development District of Southern Ohio, in a consortium effort to consider the alternative technologies that might be feasible to develop a telecommunications system for providing educational and training services.

File No. 94081 PTN Treasure Valley Community College, 650 College Blvd., Ontario, OR 97914. Signed by: Dr. Berton L. Glandon, President. Funds Awarded: $110,000. Total Project Cost: $152,158. To develop a plan and analyze the feasibility of providing a distance learning service through alternative forms of telecommunications such as fiber optic lines and microwave distribution to learning centers for different levels of education, in a four-county area with a significant Hispanic population in Eastern Oregon.

File No. 94247 CTN Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 4 Station Square, Flr. 2, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Signed by: Dr. Joseph F. Lagana, Executive Director. Funds Awarded: $62,538. Total Project Cost: $125,076. To extend the satellite delivered services of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) to 14 additional school districts through the purchase of 14 C/Ku-band steerable downlinks. The downlinks will be connected by fiber-optic cable to school buildings in each district to deliver teacher in-service, administrative and instructional programming to an additional 50,000 students and faculty. AIU currently provides satellite delivered services to 16 school districts in the suburban Pittsburg area.

File No. 94047 CTN Univ.of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 615 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598. Signed by: Mr. Frederick W. Obear, Chancellor. Funds Awarded: $49,666. Total Project Cost: $99,332. To establish a second two-way interactive video classroom, using T-1 transmission, on the applicant's campus. The facility will provide continuing education courses to rural health nurses and special education teachers. The project will serve southeast Tennessee, northeast Alabama, and northwest Georgia. The specific project objectives are as follows: to increase the number of rural health nurses trained in advanced chilbirth care to better provide services to the women and children in these remote areas; to increase the number of certified special education teachers who work in the remote areas of southeast Tennessee; and to increase the number of master's level speech/language teachers in southeast Tennessee to state mandates for certification by the year 2000.

File No. 94016 CTN Alliance for Higher Education, 17103 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75248-1373. Signed by: Dr. Allan Watson, President. Funds Awarded: $322,547. Total Project Cost: $645,094. To purchase equipment for six "candid" video classrooms, one each at the Baylor College of Dentistry (Dallas), Collin County Community College (Plano), Dallas Education Center, East Texas State University (Commerce), Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls), and the University of North Texas Health Science Center (Fort Worth). Using the TAGER Television Network, these entities will produce instructional programming for new and historically underserved members of the population in K-12 education, teacher training, health, dental health, and allied health training.

File No. 94149 CTN VIA-NET 1 Distance Learning Co-op, Highway 1017, P.O. Box 10, San Isidro, TX 78588. Signed by: Mr. Jose Arredondo Jr., San Isidro Superintendent. Funds Awarded: $232,213. Total Project Cost: $464,426. To establish a two-way, interactive distance learning network -- the Valley Inter-Active Network, or VIA-NET-1 Distance Learning Co-op -- interconnecting four Independent School Systems in South Texas: San Isidro, Raymondville, Mirando City, and San Perlita. The project will use compressed video technology, with the programming transmitted over the fiber optics lines of the Valley Telephone Cooperative; the Cooperative is an active partner in the proposal.

File No. 94182 PTN Amarillo Junior College District, 2201 South Washington, Amarillo, TX 79109. Signed by: Mr. Neil Mosley, Vice President for Business. Funds Awarded: $48,908. Total Project Cost: $55,128. To develop a comprehensive telecommunications plan for a distance learning system that would provide instructional courses and educational programs throughout the twenty six counties of the northern Texas Panhandle. The plan would be developed by the six colleges and universities in the Texas Higher Education Consortium of Texas and Oklahoma, and would cooperatively involve institutions and agencies in K-12 education, continuing education, government services and other non-profit activities to consider the feasibility of options.

File No. 94094 PTBN Critical Lang&Area Stud's Cons, Inc, Kipling Road, P.O. Box 676, Brattleboro, VT 05302. Signed by: Mr. Bruce W. Stephenson, Acting Executive Director. Funds Awarded: $70,000. Total Project Cost: $95,285. To plan a telecommunications service for the forty-three member organizations of the Critical Language and Area Studies Consortium (CLASC) plus other K-12 and higher education schools, distance learning providers, national foreign language centers, research institutes and other organizations involved in foreign language education and training. The plan would assess possible options for a national and potentially international interactive distance learning network, particularly to focus on Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian languages and cultures.

File No. 94201 PTN University of Wisconsin Centers, 150 E. Gilman Street, Madison, WI 53703. Signed by: Mr. Robert Erikson, Director, Research Admin.. Funds Awarded: $50,041. Total Project Cost: $57,589. To design a distance education network to connect the thirteen campuses that comprise the University of Wisconsin Centers, with the central administration in Madison and with local, regional, state and national networks. The proposed distance learning network could potentially involve various technologies in an interconnected system that would enable participating organizations in higher education, professional development, K-12 education, libraries and government offices to be included in interactive video, voice and data services.


FISCAL YEAR 1993

File No. 93107 CTN Flagstaff, AZ. Northern Arizona University. Funds Awarded: $814,186. Total Project Cost: $1,214,186. To extend the existing duplex microwave distance learning system of Northern Arizona University to Tuba City and Kayenta, both on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona, and to Keams Canyon, which is on the Hopi Indian Reservation.

File No. 93049 CTN Long Beach, CA. The California State University. Funds Awarded: $922,500. Total Project Cost: $1,845,000. To purchase compressed video equipment for the 20 campuses and two headquarters offices of The California State University. The equipment will permit interactive video transmission among the 22 sites for purposes of instruction, student support services, and academic planning.

File No. 93212 CTN Los Angeles, CA. Community TV of S. California. Funds Awarded: $142,163. Total Project Cost: $284,326. To equip public television station KCET, Ch. 28, Los Angeles, with basic authoring and playback/demonstration equipment for its Interactive Media Center. The station will use the equipment to begin producing multimedia interactive educational programming for K-12 and post-secondary schools.

File No. 93176 PRTN Sacramento, CA. California Community Colleges. Funds Awarded: $200,000. Total Project Cost: $614,640. To develop a strategic telecommunications plan for a statewide, community college "virtual network" capable of video, voice and data interaction among the community colleges in the state of California for distance learning applications and for training the state's workforce. The California community college system is one of three public systems of higher education in the state, and one out of every seventeen adults in the state attends classes at a community college. The plan will explore all possible technologies that may be appropriate and feasible for such a statewide network.

File No. 93210 PTN Boulder, CO. University of Colorado. Funds Awarded: $50,000. Total Project Cost: $100,222. To plan for the application of telecommunications technologies to innovative forms of distance education. The capabilities of modern communications facilities to meet educational needs, particularly in the area of the sciences, will be studied and planned. The project will examine and design educationally appropriate interfaces and equipment configurations using the Telecommunications Education and Research Network (TERN), INTERNET, ITFS systems, fiber optic lines, satellite distribution, cable TV systems, and private line and public switched networks. Coordination with faculty members and educational specialists at the K-12 and college levels will be included to develop a schedule for representative courses and lessons to test the results of the plan.

File No. 93287 CTN Fort Collins, CO. National Technological Univ. Funds Awarded: $205,253. Total Project Cost: $359,506. To expand the services of the National Technological University by adding five channels of compressed digital video programming for distribution by Ku-band satellite. The equipment will permit the establishment of "on-demand" overnight delivery of instructional programming to students at their place of work.

File No. 93050 PRTN Miami, FL. Miami-Dade Community College. Funds Awarded: $80,250. Total Project Cost: $138,575. To plan and conduct a feasibility study of existing and potential interactive telecommunications capabilities for distance learning applications in and around the greater Miami and Homestead, Florida areas. This planning project would examine telecommunications resources and explore alternative technologies to determine ways of providing interactive video, audio, and data distance learning and training services to a large population of ethnically and racially diverse people, many of them disadvantaged.

File No. 93254 CTN Honolulu, HI. University of Hawaii. Funds Awarded: $968,989. Total Project Cost: $2,687,289. To extend the geographic coverage of the state's distance learning technologies and applications by integrating and upgrading existing distance learning networks, installing analog and digital network switches, expanding the reach of the existing ITFS system by constructing six microwave links, purchasing equipment for fiber optic interconnection, and constructing video classrooms in two sites in Honolulu.

File No. 93140 PTN Cambridge, MA. Mass. Corp. for Educational T/C. Funds Awarded: $161,000. Total Project Cost: $416,470. To plan for the feasibility of interactive telecommunications methods for video, voice and data through an interconnection system to educational institutions, libraries, government agencies, prisons, hospitals and other organizations statewide and beyond. The proposed network could potentially incorporate many forms of technology including satellite systems, ITFS, cable television and fiber optic lines for multiple channels of distribution.

File No. 93115 PTN Owings Mills, MD. Maryland Public Brdcstg. Comm. Funds Awarded: $85,850. Total Project Cost: $159,276. To prepare a comprehensive plan for the use of telecommunications technologies in distance education applications in the state of Maryland. The proposed project would include organizations in all levels of education, with a particular emphasis on providing a two-way interactive video, voice and data service to minority K-12 students and those in remote, rural areas. It would also provide education and training opportunities to adults in these rural areas. The plan will examine the feasibility of alternative technologies to interconnect fourteen sites throughout the state, and is proposed to result in a solution to the educational equity problem in Maryland.

File No. 93013 CTN Catonsville, MD. Catonsville Community College. Funds Awarded: $239,552. Total Project Cost: $479,104. To interconnect five Baltimore region community colleges and two extension centers in a compressed video network to extend distance learning.

File No. 93170 CTN Jamestown, ND. Central Dakota T/C Consortium. Funds Awarded: $359,633. Total Project Cost: $719,266. To construct a nine-site ITFS system that will constitute the Central Dakota Rural Area Network. The Network will serve nine public school districts that have organized the consortium, primarily, to provide interactive video programming for K-12 schools, but with the intent to interconnect with business, industry, medical and government users.

File No. 93194 CTN Fort Yates, ND. Standing Rock College. Funds Awarded: $184,700. Total Project Cost: $246,316. To purchase studio and compressed video interconnection equipment to allow Standing Rock College -- which serves the Standing Rock Lakota Sioux Reservation located in north central South Dakota and south central North Dakota -- to link its facilities to the University of North Dakota University fiber optics system, and thereby to receive instructional programming at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. The system will also connect to a site in the southern part of the Reservation.

File No. 93245 CTN Lincoln, NE. Agricultural Satellite Corp. Funds Awarded: $400,000. Total Project Cost: $800,000. To expand the services of the Agricultural Satellite Corporation network (AG*SAT) operating from Lincoln, NE, which provides agricultural courses to universities and agricultural extension programs nationally by installing two Ku-band satellite uplinks in Arkansas and New Hampshire. The project will also construct 43 Ku/C band satellite downlinks to be selected from sites in the following 15 states: Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

File No. 93204 CTN Columbia, SC. South Carolina ETV Commission. Funds Awarded: $479,000. Total Project Cost: $804,000. To equip an existing Ku-band satellite uplink with digital compressed video capability so the applicant can distribute four channels of instructional material to schools in rural areas of South Carolina that are not currently served by the state's multi-channel ITFS system. The project would also provide satellite downlink terminals compatible with both PBS and SERC compression standards to 177 middle, secondary and vocational schools in rural areas to receive this service.

File No. 93258 CTN Columbia, SC. Satellite Ed. Resources Consort. Funds Awarded: $215,000. Total Project Cost: $428,000. To extend the use of the applicant's distance learning courses by purchasing 65 receive-only, C and Ku-band steerable satellite earth terminals for predominantly small, rural secondary schools in 10 states. Schools covered by this project will be selected from sites in: Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin. SERC presently provides specialized instructional materials to more than 5,000 students in 540 schools located in 27 states.

File No. 93097 CTN Arlington, VA. Black College Satellite Network. Funds Awarded: $458,700. Total Project Cost: $611,600. To construct four Ku-band satellite uplinks to provide programming to the approximately 100 colleges and universities affiliated with the Black College Satellite Network (BCSN). Uplinks will be located at Grambling State University in Louisiana, Virginia State University in Virginia, Langston University in Oklahoma, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Maryland. A microwave will also be constructed to permit Bennett College to access an existing uplink at North Carolina A&T State University.


FISCAL YEAR 1992

92282 CTN Flagstaff, AZ. Northern Arizona University. Awarded: $528,000. To construct a two-way interactive microwave system that will interconnect Northern Arizona University with Mojave Community College, Kingman, and Northern Pioneer Community College, Holbrook. The system will allow the exchange of instructional programming among these three institutions and the other colleges and universities already interconnected through Northern Arizona University. The system will also benefit members of the Navajo, Mojave, and Apache tribes, the reservations of which are situated near participating institutions.

92190 PTN Bakersfield, CA. Bakersfield College. Awarded: $46,961. To enable Bakersfield College and the Kern Educational Television Consortium in Bakersfield, CA, to design a multiple channel instructional video delivery system. Distribution systems may include ITFS, broadcast translators, cable television interconnect, and the use of CODEC equipment and fiber optic lines. The project would also enable the Kern Educational Television Consortium to explore the possibilities of expanding the planned ITFS system to a larger service area beyond the Bakersfield metropolitan area.

92149 CRB Chico, CA. California State University, Chico. Awarded: $315,487. To construct a public radio station in Redding, CA, and translators to serve Bieber, Burney, Chester, Dunsmuir, Hayfork, Mineral, Susanville, and Yreka. The Redding station will rebroadcast the signal of KCHO-FM in Chico to be fed via microwave. The station will have studios in Redding and will provide instructional radio service on SCA channels in cooperation with the Cal. State Univ. Chico Center for Regional and Continuing Education.

92262 CTN Berkeley, CA. Regents of Univ. of California. Awarded: $157,000. To establish two production studios to allow the College of Engineering of the University of California/Berkeley to contribute diverse instructional programming to the satellite-distribution network of the National Technological University, which has its headquarters/switching center at Fort Collins, CO. The studios would also be used to provide programming materials in support of the NSF-funded SYNTHESIS program, a National Engineering Education Coalition consisting of 8 schools and colleges located throughout the United States.

92216 PTN Hartford, CT. The Hartford Graduate Center. Awarded: $33,950. To plan for and determine the telecommunications technologies needed to establish a statewide distance learning network of colleges, universities and businesses in Connecticut, through the Hartford Graduate Center, in affiliation with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The distance learning network would provide education, training, and shared instructional resources from Hartford, CT, and other locations.

92198 CTN Orlando, FL. University of Central Florida. Awarded: $75,919. To extend the ITFS system of the University of Central Florida, Orlando, to its branch campuses in Brevard, Volusia, Lake and Sumter Counties.

91223 CTN New Orleans, LA. New Orleans Educational T/C Consortium. Funds Awarded: $440,030. To support the establishment of an instructional television fixed service (ITFS) system for the greater New Orleans area. The project will equip classrooms in which instructional programs for the ITFS system will originate and will fund the campus-to-transmitter links that will deliver the signals throughout the system consisting of 7 colleges and universities in the New Orleans area.

92042 CTN St. Joseph, MO. Missouri Western State College. Awarded: $61,439. To establish an ITFS system to transmit the applicant's instructional programming, as well as varied educational programming the applicant has received from distant sources, to diverse schools and business firms in the greater St. Joseph, MO, area.

92158 CTN Lincoln, NE. Agricultural Satellite Corporation. Awarded: $500,000. To continue the construction of the Agricultural Satellite Corporation network operating from Lincoln, NE, which provides agricultural courses to universities and agricultural extension programs nationally by installing a new affiliate uplink and installing 74 additional downlinks in 15 states to expand the service delivery capability of the network.

92215 PTN Pittsburgh, PA. University of Pittsburgh. Awarded: $87,582. To support planning activities of the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, for the Telecommunications Education and Research Network, a consortium of universities, which will assemble, operate, and maintain a broadband telecommunications network for education and research, using fiber optic cable and other technologies. The planned network will interconnect colleges and universities nationwide.

92064 CTN Cupey, Rio Piedras, PR. Fundacion Educativa Ana G. Mendez. Awarded: $886,000. To establish an island-wide instructional television fixed service (ITFS) system operating through WMTJ-TV, channel 40, Rio Piedras, PR, that will interconnect Puerto Rican colleges and universities with numerous business and industrial sites. The network will provide job site training for workers and will enable participating institutions to share academic courses.

92260 CTN Columbia, SC. Satellite ED Resources Consortium. Awarded: $500,000. To extend the use of the applicant's distance learning courses by purchasing approximately 120 receive-only, C and Ku-band steerable satellite earth terminals for predominantly small, rural secondary schools in 12 states. The states covered by this project are Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. SERC currently provides specialized instructional materials to 5,000 students enrolled in 500 schools in 23 states.

91122 CTN Austin, TX. Austin Community College District. Funds Awarded: $200,000. To establish a new two-channel instructional television fixed service (ITFS) system for the high school and adult population in the greater Austin area.

92097 CTB Seattle, WA. KCTS Television. Awarded: $284,661. To augment the distribution capability of public television station KCTS-TV operating on channel 9 Seattle, WA, by constructing a mobile Ku-band satellite uplink to deliver training and continuing education services to educational institutions, businesses and the general public in the Seattle area and nationwide.

92171 PTN La Crosse, WI. Western Wisconsin Tech. College. Awarded: $33,668. To plan for an interactive, two-way video/audio distance learning network in Juneau County, WI. This network could potentially include the use of technologies such as fiber optics, microwave transmission, and very small aperture terminals (VSATs), and would include in its service area but not be limited to Western Wisconsin Technical College, Juneau County, local school districts, local government, health care facilities, business, industry and residents. The plan will identify existing resources and provide needs assessments to integrate this system with the College's District Plan, as well as state and national/international networks.


FISCAL YEAR 1991

File No. 91118 CTN Wichita, KS. Wichita State University. Funds Awarded: $33,660. To activate a single-channel ITFS repeater station in Hutchinson that will extend the services to sites over a four county area.

File No. 91059 CTN Cambridge, MA. Massachusetts Corp. for Educational Telecommunications. Funds Awarded: $392,016. To acquire a mobile production/Ku-band satellite uplink vehicle that will provide instructional services to elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, museums, hospitals, and prisons, primarily in Massachusetts but also throughout New England.

File No. 91051 CTN Lincoln, NE. Agricultural Satellite Corporation. Funds Awarded: $500,000. To continue the construction of the AG*SAT network which provides agricultural courses to universities and extension programs nationally via satellite. The project will install two satellite uplinks, convert four downlinks to uplinks, and fund an additional nine downlinks.

File No. 91146 CTN Carson City, NV. University of Nevada System. Funds Awarded: $133,802. To construct a three channel ITFS system that would serve the educational and training needs of rural and minority populations at thirteen receive sites in a six county area of western Nevada.

File No. 91224 CTN Knoxville, TN. Pellissippi State Technical Community College. Funds Awarded: $84,884. To activate an ITFS system to extend the school's instructional capabilities to off-campus sites including high schools and businesses. Approximately 15,000 homes and 22 sites will be reached.

File No. 91199 CTB Salt Lake City, UT. University of Utah. Funds Awarded: $253,650. To extend the EDNET and KULC-TV services to 40,100 presently unserved residents of northeastern and west-central Utah through the construction of 5 TV translators and microwave links.


FISCAL YEAR 1990

File No. 90281 CTB Huntington Beach, CA. Coast Community College District. Funds Awarded: $750,000. To improve the transmission capability of KOCE-TV by replacing the transmitter and antenna system. The station is the largest producer of instructional programming out of all PBS affiliated stations.

File No. 90010 CTN Indian River, MI. PACE Telecommunications Consortium. Funds Awarded: $233,850. To construct an ITFS system to interconnect 11 public school districts in the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula. The system will provide diverse instructional programming to K-12 students and to participants in adult education classes.

File No. 90216 CTN Lincoln, NE. Agricultural Satellite Corporation. Funds Awarded: $735,795. To establish an educational satellite network to provide agricultural courses to universities and agricultural extension programs nationally. The network will interconnect 27 land grant institutions across the country to improve the quality of agricultural education and food production systems nationally.

File No. 90007 CTN Farmington, NM. San Juan College. Funds Awarded: $113,988. To activate an ITFS facility in Farmington as part of the Instructional Network for New Mexico.

File No. 90009 CTB Claremore, OK. Rogers State College. Funds Awarded: $465,076. To expand coverage of public Television station KXON-TV by purchasing a new transmitter system and antenna. The station will serve the educational and instructional programming to meet the needs of approximately 805,000 people in the expanded coverage area.

File No. 90143 PTN Rio Piedras, PR. Fundacion Educativa Ana G. Mendez. Funds Awarded: $59,100. To plan with NTIA for the development of an ITFS system operating through WMTJ-TV in Rio Piedras. The system would provide work place training and retraining service at sites throughout the island. The result would be a series of cooperative agreements between the various members of the manufacturing and educational communities to provide on-site educational services throughout Puerto Rico.

File No. 90278 CTB Salt Lake City, UT. University of Utah. Funds Awarded: $336,938. To extend the signals of public television stations KUED-TV by constructing translators and to construct microwave extensions of the statewide interactive EDNET system to school districts in three isolated counties of southeastern Utah.

File No. 90049 CTN Madison, WI. Wisconsin Educational Communications Board. Funds Awarded: $326,732. To construct an ITFS system in northwest Wisconsin which will serve business, industry, K-12 school districts and other educational institutions in four rural counties. Twenty institutions form the consortium of participants in the project which will includes five transmit sites and production equipment.


FISCAL YEAR 1989

File No. 89258 CTN Washington, DC. American Association of Community and Junior Colleges. Funds Awarded: $584,024. The project will install six satellite uplink earth stations that will transmit instructional programming associated with the AACJC's newly organized Community College Satellite Network to recipients nationwide. The Ku-band earth stations will be located at St. Louis Cmty. College; Northern Virginia Cmty. College; DeAnza College (Cupertino, CA); Dallas (TX) Cmty. College District; Cuyahoga Cmty. College (Cleveland); and Kirkwood Cmty. College (Cedar Rapids, IA).

File No. 89278 CTN Newark, DE. University of Delaware. Funds Awarded: $97,315. To install a Ku-band satellite earth station uplink facility on the campus. The University would transmit a broad diversity of higher educational and other instructional programming to professionals and business employees at their place of work and to students at other academic institutions. The facility would allow the University to participate in the scientific and technological activities of the National Technological University, based in Fort Collins, CO.

File No. 89125 CTN Waterloo, IA. Hawkeye Institute of Technology. Funds Awarded: $600,411. To expand the interactive telecommunications system serving northeast Iowa by constructing a two channel Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS) which will establish five sites linking school districts, colleges, government agencies and businesses. The system will distribute educational and other narrowcast programming.

File No. 89260 CTN Las Vegas, NM. Luna Vocational Technical Institute. Funds Awarded: $29,051. To activate an ITFS that will consist of one transmit site and three received sites serving the residents of northeastern New Mexico. The project will be part of the Instructional Television Network for New Mexico.

File No. 89255 CTN Bethlehem, PA. Lehigh University. Funds Awarded: $209,270. To install a Ku-band satellite earth station uplink facility on the campus. The University would transmit a broad diversity of higher educational and other instructional programming to professionals and a business employees at their place of work and to students at other academic institutions. The facility would allow the University to participate the National Technological University.

File No. 89060 CTN Columbia, SC. South Carolina Educational Television Commission. Funds Awarded: $154,818. To construct a four-channel ITFS system to serve all of the secondary public schools in Marlboro County.


FISCAL YEAR 1988

File No. 88026 CTN Downey, CA. Los Angeles Office of Education. Funds Awarded: $72,546. To construct a Ku-band satellite uplink for use by the Educational Telecommunications Network, Los Angeles County Office of Education. The project would extend the current program service of the Regional Educational Television Council and would provide satellite delivered instructional materials to some 354 school districts in 12 counties which serve 3 million students.

File No. 88141 CRTN Detroit, MI. Community T/C Network. Funds Awarded: $545,500. To establish a Technical Operating Center serving the seven members of the Community Telecommunications Network, a consortium of regional ITFS licensees. Project will purchase an automated video cassette library system, switching and test equipment, video tape recorders, a computer, encrypting equipment, video character generator and other related equipment.

File No. 88252 CRTN Marquette, MI. Northern Michigan University. Funds Awarded: $442,919. To establish a microwave interconnection system to serve 54 school districts and 6 post secondary institutions in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Project will purchase 2 microwave terminals, 3 repeaters, and related equipment.

File No. 88050 CTN Omaha, NE. Metropolitan Tech. Cmty. College. Funds Awarded: $120,818. To purchase the transmission and signal processing equipment associated with an ITFS system originating from Metropolitan Technical Community College. The system will provide instructional programming to schools, cable TV systems, and business sites in Dodge, Sarpy, and Washington counties in eastern Nebraska, many of whose residents do not receive such televised educational materials.

File No. 88239 CTN Albuquerque, NM. University of New Mexico. Funds Awarded: $182,172. To install a satellite uplink earth station for television station KNME, Channel 5, operated by the University of New Mexico. The earth station will transmit diverse instructional programming throughout NM and neighboring states as well as to selected Central and South American academic institutions. In addition, it will be a serve facility for the Rocky Mountain CPB satellite uplink.

File No. 88072 CTN Elyria, OH. Lorain County Community College. Funds Awarded: $233,334. To activate a four channel ITFS system in Elyria, OH, that will provide instructional programming to schools and residents in fourteen communities in adjacent Lorain County.

File No. 88056 CTN Johnson City, TN. East Tennessee State University. Funds Awarded: $148,297. To establish an ITFS system that will provide instructional services to area public schools, colleges and universities, and businesses for job training and GED.

File No. 88224 CTN Norfolk, VA. Hampton Roads Ed. T/C Assoc. Funds Awarded: $406,000. To expand the ITFS educational services provided by Hampton Roads Ed. T/C Assoc. into the rural minority areas of southeastern Virginia by adding a system of transmitters, repeaters, and cable carriage.


FISCAL YEAR 1987

File No. 77067 CTN Ft. Collins, CO. National Technological University. Funds Awarded: $1,300,116. To Expand a national satellite based network through the National Technological University in Fort Collins, Colorado, to provide a system for continuing graduate level engineering and technical education at work sites from 8 additional uplinks nationally and to better control the projected 23 site network through the installation of a control center. The project will also provide for satellite delivery.

File No. 77114 CTN Johnston, IA. Iowa Public Broadcasting Board. Funds Awarded: $401,370. To activate an instructional Television Fixed Service system in Pottawattamie, Mills, Montgomery, Adams and Union Counties in southwest Iowa. The system will interconnect Iowa Western Community College and will bring diverse instructional programming to school districts, community agencies, and businesses in that rural area of the state.

File No. 77279 CTN Columbia, MO. Missouri School Boards Assoc. Funds Awarded: $319,050. To equip 100 satellite downlink sites throughout the state of Missouri in order to expand the public educational satellite television services of the University of Missouri, Rolla, and to include selected post-secondary, elementary-secondary school districts and industrial locations so that educational and other telecommunications services can be made available to the several underserved communities of the state.

File No. 77205 CTN Raleigh, NC. NC Agency for Public T/C. Funds Awarded: $242,628. To activate the State Services Network (SSN) to meet the educational/instructional needs of 6 million residents of North Carolina Network will use a Ku-band satellite uplink to distribute programs produced by APT to schools, prisons, and public institutions. Receive sites will include telephone callback capabilities so that programs will be interactive.


FISCAL YEAR 1986

File No. 66292 PTN Agana, GU(Guam). Sky Channel of the Pacific, Inc. Funds Awarded: $200,000. To plan to serve the telecommunications needs of the residents of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands via satellite and other telecommunications delivery systems. The applicant is located in Guam.

File No. 66219 CTN Fort Dodge, IA. Iowa Central Community College. Funds Awarded: $450,000. To activate a microwave interconnected educational and public service ITFS (instructional television fixed service) network linking together a variety of educational and informational centers in order to provide needed programming service to the communities of the rural Iowa counties of Humboldt, Pocahontas, Fort Dodge, Gowrie, Jefferson, Rockwell City and Sac City.

File No. 66291 CTN Marshall, MN. Minnesota Tele-Media. Funds Awarded: $504,260. To extend the public telecommunications services of Minnesota Tele-Media, Marshall, MN, a consortium of public broadcasters, educational and services agencies, to provide first service public telecommunications service via ITFS, microwave interconnection and educational cable channels to the communities in unserved southwestern Minnesota.

File No. 66103 CTN Reno, NV. University of Nevada. Funds Awarded: $100,00. To establish a 4 channel ITFS system for the greater Reno, Nevada area to provide instructional programming for the various educational institutions locally.

File No. 66917 CTN Richardson, TX. Educational Service Center, Region Ten. Funds Awarded: $182,200. To construct an ITFS repeater station at Ennis, TX, to bring the instructional programming of Region 10 Educational Service Center to approximately 40,000 students in 19 school districts to the east and south of Dallas.


FISCAL YEAR 1985

File No. 55275 CTN Fort Collins, CO. National Technological University. Funds Awarded: $500,000. To establish a national satellite based network through the National Technological University in Fort Collins, CO, to provide a system for continuing graduate level engineering and technical education at work sites.

File No. 55141 CTBN Hartford, CT. Connecticut Educational Telecommunications Corporation. Funds Awarded: $181,597. To activate a statewide ITFS system in conjunction with the Connecticut Regional Community College System.

File No. 55206 CTN Kahului, HI. University of Hawaii. Funds Awarded: $356,545. To extend the telecommunications services of Maui Community College, located in Kahului, to Hana and to the residents of the islands of Lanai and Molokai by establishing a two-way interactive microwave system for the distribution of instructional and public service information programming.

File No. 55212 CTN Chattanooga, TN. Chattanooga State Technical Community College. Funds Awarded: $700,400. To construct a four channel ITFS system that will serve four isolated and rural Appalachian counties in southeastern Tennessee. Counties to be served are Bledsoe, Marion, Rhea, and Sequatchie.

File No. 55062 CTN Richardson, TX. Education Service Center Region 10. Funds Awarded: $186,700. To construct a repeater station to extend the ITFS network of the Region 10 Education Service Center, based in Richardson, Texas. The repeaters will be placed at McKinney, TX and will bring Region 10 instructional programming to an four county area located to the northeast of Dallas, TX.


FISCAL YEAR 1984

File No. 44272 CTN Davenport, IA. Eastern Iowa Cmty College District. Funds Awarded: $186,000. To establish an interactive microwave system that will interconnect Community Colleges in Bettendorf, Clinton, and Muscatine, Iowa. The programming transmitted over the system will offer elementary, secondary, and higher education courses, professional training, job training, and diverse community services.

File No. 44081 CTOBN Marshall, MN. Minnesota Tele-Media. Funds Awarded: $69,525. To establish a noncommercial telecommunications services network by acquiring instructional television fixed service and microwave network facilities in order to provide locally originated and network programming for the first time to unserved communities in southwest rural Minnesota.

File No. 44193 CTBN Eagle Bend, MN. Independent School District No. 790. Funds Awarded: $108,000. To extend the signal of ITFS and translator public telecommunications service operating on KG2XCB, Channel 45, Eagle Bend, MN, in order to bring first service to a large portion of the population located in the counties of Ottertail, Cass, Douglas, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena.


FISCAL YEAR 1983

File No. 33309 CTN Houston, TX. Region IV Educational Service Center. Funds Awarded: $328,358. To construct the primary transmitting system of an interactive ITFS network, to provide educational programs to school districts, business, and industry in the Houston area.


FISCAL YEAR 1982

File No. 22088 CTN Columbia, SC. South Carolina ETV Commission. Funds Awarded: $250,000. To establish an ITFS system in Charleston, SC, to provide instructional and educational television to fifteen high schools and two vocational centers in Charleston County.

File No. 22056 CTN Richmond, VA. Richmond Public Schools. Funds Awarded: $128,025. To extend additional ITFS broadcast channels to the Richmond public school system and surrounding areas, to better serve the educational needs of the community.

File No. 22256 CTN Cleveland, WI. Lakeshore Technical Institute. Funds Awarded: $75,281. To establish an ITFS system to service Manitowoc County, Sheboygan County, and southeastern Calumet County with vocational, technical, and adult education.


FISCAL YEAR 1981

File No. 1483 CTN Chico, CA. California State University. Funds Awarded: $347,495. To allow the extension of the existing ITFS system to the widely dispersed rural population of northeast California and to allow the existing network to interconnect with a coordinated statewide network consisting of ITFS, public TV stations, and cable access facilities. Also, a satellite receive-only earth terminal is included, which will provide SATCOM signal to complement existing PTV terminals in a connected network.

File No. 1460 CTN San Diego, CA. Dept. of Education, San Diego County. Funds Awarded: $195,300. To provide the extension of ITFS service to additional schools by constructing one additional ITFS channel and equipping a production facility.

File No. 1602 CTN Turlock, CA. California State University, Stanislaus. Funds Awarded: $83,286. To purchase equipment for an interactive microwave link between the campus of Turlock and the mountain town of Sonora. This is the first of a planned ten-learning center system.

File No. 1491 PTN Ocala, FL. Marion County Schools. Funds Awarded: $13,000. To plan to establish an ITFS system to serve the students and communities in Marion County with instructional and educational programs.

File No. 1411 CTN Cedar Rapids, IA. Kirkwood Community College. Funds Awarded: $308,245. To expand Kirkwood Community College's interactive microwave telecommunications system by adding two-way microwave interconnections to Monticello, Tipton, and Williamsburg, and an ITFS system at Tipton and Williamsburg.

File No. 1313 CTN Estherville, IA. Iowa Lakes Community College. Funds Awarded: $259,765. To establish an ITFS system in Estherville, IA, to provide an interactive program service for 28 local public school systems in a five county area of northwest Iowa.

File No. 1620 CTBN Williamsburg, VA. Center for Excellence (Hampton Roads Educ. T/C Assoc.). Funds Awarded: $489,322. To extend the backbone public telecommunications network to Virginia Eastern Shore, and complete construction of the system currently running between Virginia Beach and Central Garage, VA, by extending the system to Richmond.


FISCAL YEAR 1980

File No. 908 PTBN Independence, CA. Inyo County Supt. of Schools. Funds Awarded: $15,000. To investigate the feasibility of establishing ETV services to provide higher education courses and to evaluate existing commercial systems and alternative means for providing public telecommunications services to residents of Inyo County.

File No. 871 CTN Cedar Rapids, IA. Kirkwood Community College. Funds Awarded: $350,000. To establish and extend an interactive microwave system that includes ITFS and cable access channels and will bring educational services to a seven-county area around Cedar Rapids.

File No. 1087 PTN Frankfort, KY. Franklin County Board of Education. Funds Awarded: $12,000. To plan for the construction of an ITFS system that interconnects Franklin County schools and cable access systems and provides community communications outlets.

File No. 1116 PTN Hibbing, MN. Minnesota Community College System. To aid Hibbing Community College to plan for an interactive television microwave network interconnected to local cable resources to increase public telecommunications services to communities in the arrowhead region of northeastern Minnesota.

File No. 1009 CTN Albuquerque, NM. University of New Mexico and Bd. of Ed. of the City of Albuquerque. Funds Awarded: $115,826. To acquire origination equipment to expand the state microwave network and the university's instructional media cable system and increase the program dissemination capability of KNME-TV, Channel 5, in Albuquerque.

File No. 1117 CTN Toledo, OH. University of Toledo. Funds Awarded: $100,000. To activate public telecommunications services at the University of Toledo to bring specialized instructional and cultural television service programming to the toledo area using community cable channels.

File No. 1015 PTN Houston, TX. Region IV Educational Service Center. Funds Awarded: $25,000. To plan to establish a cooperative telecommunications instructional network using an ITFS system to provide program service to 54 school districts in a seven-county network with the origination center in Houston.

File No. 1245 CTN Richardson, TX. Assn. for Graduate Education & Research. Funds Awarded: $174,937. To extend the signal of four ITFS channels and construct a satellite downlink for the telecommunications center at the Texas Association for Graduate Education and Research in Richardson, TX, thereby providing improved TV programming over the agency's cable and ITFS network serving the Dallas area.

File No. 1237 PTN Victoria, TX. University of Houston Victoria Campus. Funds Awarded: $25,000. To plan to establish an educational telecommunications system located at the University of Houston's Victoria Campus providing educational TV service to 15 counties in south Texas.


FISCAL YEAR 1979

File No. 5-N San Diego, CA. San Diego County Dept. of Education. Funds Awarded: $300,000. To establish an ITFS system.

File No. 2-N Chico, CA. California State University. Funds Awarded: $230,000. To establish an ITFS system.

File No. 13-N Cedar Rapids, IA. Kirkwood Community College. Funds Awarded: $300,00. To establish an ITFS system.

File No. 14-N Columbia, SC. South Carolina ETV Commission. Funds Awarded: $300,000. To establish an ITFS system.

File No. 19-N Williamsburg, VA. Center for Excellence (Hampton Roads Ed. T/C Assoc.). Funds Awarded: $300,000. To establish an ITFS system.

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications
Posted: 17 Sep 1997
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