Education Week, February 10, 1999, p. 28

The state of Iowa is on the cutting edge of delivering distance learning opportunities to its many rural schools.

Using an interactive TV and Internet service called the Iowa Communications Network, the state is able to deliver a host of distance learning options to schools via the only network of its kind in the nation—it is wholly owned and operated by a state.

Schools share televised advanced placement and other expensive courses, pooling together course offerings that no single school could ever offer on its own.

While it’s not clear if the future of distance learning rests with interactive television or with video-streaming on the Internet, the Iowa Communications Network is equipped to handle either technology.