Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 106 Part 2.djvu/75

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PUBLIC LAW 102-356 —AUG. 26, 1992 106 STAT. 955 (3) a vital component in meeting the Nation's first education goal is the development of interactive programming aimed exclusively at the developmental and educational needs and interests of preschool children; (4) television can assist parents and preschool and child care teachers in gaining information on how young children grow and learn; and (5) there is a need for quality interactive instructional programming based on worthwhile information on child development designed for children, parents, and preschool and child care providers and teachers. (b) Within 90 days following the date of the enactment of this Reports. Act, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting shall report to the Congress as to the most effective way to establish and implement a ready-to-leam public television channel. Such report shall include, among other things— (1) the costs of establishing and implementing a ready-to- leam channel; (2) the special considerations of using television as a learning tool for very young children; (3) the technology, and availability thereof, needed to establish and implement such a channel; and (4) the best means of providing financing for the establishment and implementation of a ready-to-learn channel. CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING REPORT ON DISTANCE LEARNING SEC. 18. (a) The Congress finds that— (1) distance learning would provide schools in rural areas with advanced or specialized instruction not readily available; (2) utilization of distance learning can end some school closings or consolidations; (3) distance learning will play a vital role in accomplishing the goals of "America 2000" as established by the President; (4) the Corporation for Public Broadcasting should promote distance learning projects where it is cost effective; and (5) the Corporation for Public Broadcasting can promote distance learning by helping reduce the costs associated with telecommunications services. (b) Within 180 days following the date of the enactment of this Act, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in consultation with other education program providers and users, shall report to the Congress as to the most effective use of their existing telecommunications facilities to establish and implement distance learning projects in rural areas. Such report should include, among other things, the costs and benefits of establishing national demonstration sites to study new distance learning tools and to evaluate the most effective use of current distance learning applications; any incentives necessary to provide access to Corporation for Public Broadcasting facilities for distance learning applications. OBJECTIVITY AND BALANCE POLICY, PROCEDURES, AND REPORT SEC. 19. Pursuant to the existing responsibility of the Corporation 47 USC 396 note. for Public Broadcasting under section 396(g)(1)(A) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 396(g)(1)(A)) to faciHtate the full development of public telecommunications in which programs of