The telecommunications watchdog OFTEL's proposal to subsidise superhighways services to schools and colleges (TES, November 17) is a welcome recognition of the need to widen access.
But learning takes place increasingly outside these institutions. The superhighway will make education and training more available at home, at work and in libraries. Disadvantaged groups, in particular, could benefit from this wider access if they could afford it.
The education community in the United States has responded to similar initiatives through a well-informed, public debate about the meaning and impact of universal service and access. British stakeholders in education and training should also brief themselves on the costs and benefits of electronic learning before responding to OFTEL's consultation document later this month.
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