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The combined use of these SONET standards and ATM switching technology in the NCIH project will place North Carolina as a clear leader in rapid transmission technology.
The areas initially targeted by Patterson and the NCIH committee are education, health care and crime control.
Crime control is the NCIH's third primary target for improvement.
BellSouth commissioned a WEFA study to define quantitatively what the NCIH could mean to the state's economy.
Immediately following this offer, Freightliner Corporation made arrangements with BellSouth to be the first private entity to ride the NCIH. The company recently opened a state-of-the-art training center in Cleveland, North Carolina, and cited the state's advanced broadband network as a key determinant in choosing a location.
These are just a few of the rewards that the NCIH project can bring to state agencies, telephone companies and the state of North Carolina.
Nonetheless, the NCIH project and the national information superhighway project are challenged by a number of issues, chief among them deregulation, universal service, industry convergence, information privacy, alternative facilities and competition.
Nonetheless, North Carolina legislators greatly revised the NCIH financial allocations proposed by the Governor's office in 1994, and the debate regarding future allocations is ongoing.
The primary problem is that the legislature is becoming more than a little nervous about some of the NCIH expense figures being discussed.
NCIH supporters contended that the Iowa Communications Network project was not comparable to North Carolina's project because the highway was constructed entirely by the government with no input from Iowa's local telephone companies.
As a result of these worries, the legislature approved $7 million for the NCIH project in July 1994 as opposed to Patterson's requested $9.4 million.
Few North Carolina politicians, businessmen or citizens will debate the merits of the NCIH project.
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