USDLA Assumes Control of Educating Everyone, Inc

February 23, 2001

Needham, Massachusetts, February 22 –United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) announced today that it is assuming control of Educating Everyone, Inc., a Florida-based not-for-profit foundation created to provide quality distance education opportunities through multi-media services.

USDLA was created in 1987 to facilitate the growth of distance learning and to serve as the institutional voice of the distance learning industry. “The acquisition of Educating Everyone enhances USDLA’s mission of promoting the growth of distance learning,” said USDLA Executive Director John G. Flores. “USDLA looks forward to increasing the visibility of Educating Everyone by incorporating their accomplishments into the greater scope of services that a larger organization like USDLA offers.”

For almost three years, Educating Everyone, Inc. has been building working relationships between direct-broadcast-satellite (DBS) companies and educational organizations to pursue additional distribution for educational content. Educating Everyone is currently managing a pilot project that is examining how a 24×7 open access channel can be maximized for the distribution of distance education content directly to schools and teacher homes. The pilot project runs on EchoStar Communications Corporations DISH NetworkTM as channel 9413. With the completion of the pilot project, USDLA will continue to oversee the channel and further develop its educational offerings.

“We are excited about combining our mission with USDLAs, thereby maximizing both entities efforts to promote and provide quality distance education to everyone”, added R. Scott Zimmer, Executive Director of Educating Everyone, Inc. “We have confidence that USDLA will be able to build upon our efforts in the coming years.” Zimmer will join USDLAs Advisory Board to facilitate the transfer of control.

The transfer of Educating Everyone’s assets to USDLA is effective immediately, and the current Board of Directors of Educating Everyone, Inc. is resigning. USDLA will continue the distribution of Educating Everyone’s programming through the DISH NetworkTM and will build on that base to add additional educational content for students, parents, teachers and other educational professionals.


United States Distance Learning Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1987 to promote the development and application of distance learning for education and training. USDLA represents 2000 members from pre-K-through-12, higher education, continuing education, corporate, military and government training and telemedicine. USDLA is a leading source of information and distance learning policy recommendations for Congress, government agencies and industry. In 1993 USDLA began the process of establishing chapters in all fifty states. For more information visit USDLA’s website at


Educating Everyone, Inc., is a not-for-profit foundation created to provide quality distance education opportunities through multi-media services. In 1999 Educating Everyone facilitated the launch of the first Direct Broadcast Satellite public interest channels mandated by the Telecommunications Act of 1996. These public interest channels offer DBS subscribers purposeful education and distance learning courses in a variety of areas, including early childhood education, long-term medical care, foreign languages, general K-12 curricula, private and public university courses and events, and best practices for teacher training. For more information visit Educating Everyones website at

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