THE WHITE HOUSE|
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
April 18, 2000
THE PRESIDENT'S NEW MARKETS TRIP:
FROM DIGITAL DIVIDE TO DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY
Highlighting Technology's Economic Opportunity At COMDEX
April 18, 2000
TODAY, PRESIDENT CLINTON WILL CONTINUE HIS DIGITAL DIVIDE NEW MARKETS
TRIP AT THE COMDEX CONFERENCE BY CHALLENGING THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY TO
BRING DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY TO ALL COMMUNITIES, FAMILIES AND YOUTH.
President Clinton will address the technology industry's influential
COMDEX Conference, to personally challenge high-tech companies to take a
leadership role in bridging the digital divide. The President will be
joined by students and mentors from Street-Level Youth Media, a
community technology center that serves urban youth in Chicago. In
addition, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky from Illinois, Fredric Rosen, and
Chairman of ZD Events and Jason Chudnofsky, CEO of ZD events will
accompany the President.
The President and students from Street-Level Youth Media will also tour
the Wireless Pavilion on the floor of Comdex, where the President will
see a demonstration of cutting-edge "wireless Web" technology. The
educational applications of this technology will allow parents and
students to access Web-based information on their school anytime,
anywhere, using only a phone.
President Clinton Will Call for Specific Actions by Industry Leaders.
In his remarks to COMDEX attendees, the President will challenge the
leaders of the high-tech industry to redouble their efforts to bridge
the digital divide. The President will ask industry leaders to:
- Endorse His National Call To Action To Create Digital Opportunity:
Two weeks ago, President Clinton issued a National Call To Action at an
event at the White House. Already, over 400 leading high-tech companies
and community organizations have endorsed this pledge.
- Work With Local Schools To Ensure That All Children Are
Technologically Literate: Companies can help reach this goal by donating
computers, providing training to teachers so that they are as
comfortable with a computers as they are with a chalkboard, supporting
the development of high-quality educational software and online
resources, and encouraging their employees to provide the technical
assistance that schools need.
- Expand Internships To Expand High-Tech Career Opportunities for
Underserved Youth: The President will urge companies to expand
internships, especially for young women, minorities, people with
disabilities and young people from economically disadvantaged
- Lead Grassroots Efforts In Local Communities to Bridge the Digital
Divide: The President will challenge companies to forge partnerships
between business, government and community groups to create
comprehensive strategies for bridging the digital divide in schools,
community centers and homes.
President Clinton Will Announce New Public and Private Sector
Commitments to Bridge the Digital Divide:
- Over 200 new Community Technology Centers: The Department of
Education will announce a combined public and private investment of $86
million over 3 years ($44 million in federal funding and $42 million in
state, local, and corporate investments) to create 214 new community
technology centers and expand 136 centers. President Clinton is
proposing to increase funding for Community Technology Centers to $100
million in the FY2001 budget.
- Doubling of Neighborhood Network Centers to 1,000 Across the
Country. The Department of Housing and Urban Development will announce
today that it will expand the number of Neighborhood Network Centers to
1,000 over the next two years. These centers are computer-training
facilities located in or near HUD-assisted housing developments that
offer computer access, staff assistance and a range of training
resources to housing residents.
- Preparing Every New Teacher to Use Technology in the Classroom: The
deans of over 200 colleges of education will make a commitment to
President Clinton to ensure that new teachers are prepared to use
technology in the classroom. Currently, many schools of education do
not prepare their graduates to integrate technology into the curriculum.
The President's FY2001 budget proposes $150 million to work with schools
of education to help them reach this goal - up from $75 million in