THE WHITE HOUSE|
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release March 10, 2000
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
Today, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) announced the creation
of its Technology Enhancement Capital Campaign, a technology initiative
that will bring digital opportunity to historically black colleges
across the nation. Through a $50 million contribution by Microsoft and
key commitments from IBM and AT&T, UNCF will help empower students,
faculty and staff at all 39 UNCF member colleges by strengthening
technology infrastructure and improving computer access. I applaud the
creation of this partnership and strongly support the efforts behind it.
While computer and Internet access has exploded in recent years,
America continues to face a "digital divide" -- a gap between those who
have access to Information Age tools and the skills to use them and
those who don't. We cannot allow unequal access to deepen divisions
along the lines of race, income, education level, and geography. I
believe we can use technology to help make the American dream a reality
for more citizens, and that is why I have made the effort to bring
digital opportunity to all Americans a top Administration priority.
My Administration is committed to doing its part to ensure that all
Americans benefit from opportunities created by information technology.
But the government can not and should not do this alone. That is why I
will lead a New Markets trip the week of April 9(superscript: th) --
designed to mobilize significant private and public efforts to close the
digital divide. Efforts like the Technology Enhancement Capital
Campaign are inspiring examples of what can be done in partnership to
meet this important goal.