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Title:TEL8: The Development of a Transportation Video Conference Network
Authors:Douglas Benson and Julie Rodriguez
Publication Date:Nov 2002
Report #:SP-149
TRID #:01685022
Keywords:communications, partnerships, state departments of transportation, telecommunications, universities and colleges, video
Type:Research Report – Staff Papers



TEL8 is a video conference network in the north-central and mountain states dedicated to improving and enhancing transportation systems in the Federal Highway Administration(FHWA) Region 8. Established in 1994, the video conference and telecommunications network created a partnership among the region's six state Departments of Transportation and the four Mountain-Plains Consortium (MPC) transportation research universities. The TEL8 system includes video conference facilities at each TEL8 site and, originally, a satellite-based transmission medium connecting the network. TEL8 elects a board of directors to govern the system and establishes a network control center to manage the administrative, technical, and programming functions of the network. TEL8's highest priority is the quality of programming on the network.

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