Schoolhouse ISDN only steps away from commodity status.At what point is a technology truly accepted? Certainly when it's a commodity, when it trickles down to the least technical users. They know nothing about it but treat it as they do a light switch, flipping it without concern for the process by which electricity arrives at the bulb.
One other measure of acceptance: they feel inconvenienced when they have to do without it. The power (or cable TV) going out during a thunderstorm thunderstorm, violent, local atmospheric disturbance accompanied by lightning, thunder, and heavy rain, often by strong gusts of wind, and sometimes by hail. can make for a boring evening. And God forbid they should lose dial tone, at the office or at home.
Is ISDN ISDN
in full Integrated Services Digital Network
Digital telecommunications network that operates over standard copper telephone wires or other media. to that point yet? Almost. There are clear indications it is closing in.
For instance, the public schools in Cincinnati, Ohio “Cincinnati” redirects here. For other uses, see Cincinnati (disambiguation).
Cincinnati is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Hamilton County. , are fully ISDN-capable, giving 55,000 students and 6,000 members a digital link to the outside world. It is an example of the technology doing the job routinely for those least technical users.
As part of a recent rate case, Cincinnati Bell Cincinnati Bell is the dominant telephone company for Cincinnati, Ohio and its nearby suburbs in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. The parent company is named Cincinnati Bell Inc. donated a big chunk of the ISDN service to help the public schools' network upgrade project.
There are 83 schools, each with a basic rate link, and the wide area network includes eight primary rate facilities. The telco leases networking hardware Networking hardware typically refers to equipment facilitating the use of a computer network. Typically, this includes routers, switches, access points, network interface cards and other related hardware. to the schools, who pay for it with low-interest state loans or individual grants. Long-term school plans include local area networks at each site.
"The installation is a milestone, not only because of the scale and complexity of the application and organization it must unite, but because it underscores the saturation of ISDN services within our service area," says Craig Tesmer of Cincinnati Bell.
The schools' network, he insists, "is another sign of the growing acceptance of ISDN among local governments and businesses."
One big benefit of the network is improved administration. When all school paperwork was done manually, it took weeks to track students when about a third of them each year move around within the school district.
"If you don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. how many students are in a school, you don't know how many school lunches to provide, how many teachers to assign or how many buses to send," says David W. Hickey, network administrator for the school district.
Now the schools can get up-to-the-minute printouts on enrollment and attendance in each school, allowing administrators to spend less time pushing paper and more time on the bottom line-educating kids.
The network also provides E-mail access for teachers and staff and gives students the chance to learn via the Internet.
Illustrating the issue of ISDN nearing "commodity" status (by the measure of inconvenience if we have to do without it) was an interesting news item over the summer.
A collection of organizations, some technical and some not, lobbied the Federal Communications Commission Federal Communications Commission (FCC), independent executive agency of the U.S. government established in 1934 to regulate interstate and foreign communications in the public interest. on the subject of ISDN tariffing. Among the groups were the California Bankers Clearing House, U.S. Chamber of Commerce The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest not-for-profit federation of businesses, representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations in the United States. As of 2003, the chamber was comprised of 3000 state and local chambers and 830 business associations. , Consumer Federation of America The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, education and advocacy.
According to CFA's website, its members are approximately 300 consumer-oriented non-profits, which themselves have , California ISDN Users Group and several industry associations.
As interesting as the mix of proponents was their argument that FCC's ISDN policy should be consistent with the goal of allowing the technology "to make this particular lane of the information superhighway accessible to millions of Americans as soon as possible."