The international Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently published a research book entitled "Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Rural Development". Cases studies used to produce the analytical part, policy recommendations and other resources in the book, included ICT projects from Canada, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. The work of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak First Nations in the development of the Kuh-ke-nah Smart First Nations Demonstration project (with sections on KiHS and Telehealth) is included in the case study section (see the KO Case Study - HTML format
or WORD format
Some great recommendations in the publication supporting the Broadband Task Force's "The New National Dream" ... for example
Under Telecommunications Infrastructure (Chapter 4, page 89):
1. Consider deployment of a national broadband project, as some countries are already doing, either through public/private partnerships or with public funding in the areas with the lowest population.
2. Consider the possibility of extending universal service principles and compensation to other areas than telephony, and at least for public service applications useful in rural areas.
Other recommendations come under the headings of:
* Implementation of ICT projects
* Observation and measurement of ICT in rural areas
* Public access points
* On-line access to public services
* Local governance
* Implementation of ICT by SMEs
* Creation of new activities