THE WHITE HOUSE|
Office of the Press Secretary
(Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt)
For Immediate Release October 16, 2000
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
I am pleased by a new report released today by the Commerce
Department, documenting a sharp increase in the number of Americans
that have access to computers and the Internet. Although much more
remains to be done to bridge the digital divide and create digital
opportunity for all Americans, I am especially pleased that many
low-income, rural and minority households are beginning to "get
connected" at rates faster than the national average.
Access to these Information Age tools is becoming critical to full
participation in America's economic, political and social life.
Americans are using the Internet to vote, look for work, acquire new
skills, and communicate with their children's teachers. To ensure that
we continue to make progress in bridging the digital divide, I urge
Congress to fund the initiatives that I have proposed in my budget.
These include my proposals to fully fund Community Technology Centers,
Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology, assistive technology
for people with disabilities, and the Commerce Department's Home
Internet Access and Technology Opportunity Program.