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Riley Gives Grant to JSU to Study Broadband Network

By Sherry Kughn
JSU News Bureau

February 2, 2004 -- Imagine students at area high schools interacting with a class in progress at Jacksonville State University. Imagine being able to renew your driver’s license over the Internet, or sitting in the office of your family physician while discussing your mysterious ailment with a specialist several miles away.

A study that seeks solutions for people’s day-to-day communications problems should begin within 120 days thanks to a $20,000 grant awarded by Gov. Bob Riley to Jacksonville State University. Frank King, JSU’s director of distance education, will oversee the study.

The study focuses on developing a community broadband network that could save money, improve public services and support economic development.

“This study has the potential to pave the way for revitalization of the area,” said Riley in a recent press release.

The applications studied will be in the areas of distance education, telemedicine, video arraignment of accused criminals, Internet services, e-government and business services, and possibly in ways that present themselves during the study. It will seek ways to provide efficient services and accurate information to Calhoun County residents in areas of both public and private organizations.

The money comes from state funds and will be administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs’ Division of Science, Technology and Energy.


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