THE WHITE HOUSE|
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release January 16, 2001
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
Today, I am pleased to announce the release of the final report of
my Administration's E-commerce Working Group, "Leadership for the New
Millennium, Delivering on Digital Progress and Prosperity."
During my Administration, America's economy and society have been
transformed by new information and communications technologies. The
information technology sector has accounted for almost one-third of U.S.
economic growth, and has helped spark an increase in U.S. productivity
and global competitiveness.
Vice President Gore and I have worked hard to help Americans make
the most of these new possibilities. We created a market-led approach
to e-commerce that won acceptance around the world, promoted competition
in the telecommunications industry, and increased our investment in the
technologies of the 21st century. We strengthened the protection of
personal information, especially sensitive medical and financial
records. We helped to bridge the digital divide by ensuring that every
child had the opportunity to become technologically literate. Thanks to
the leadership of the Vice President, our government is using the
Internet to become more open, user-friendly, and efficient.
But we are still at the dawn of the Information Age, and much more
remains to be done to grasp its potential. We should use technology to
advance our oldest and deepest values -- dramatically increasing the
number of people with disabilities who can work, lifting more families
out of poverty, and putting access to a world-class education and
cutting-edge skills at the fingertips of every American. These are
challenges that are worthy of our great nation.