Date: October 26, 1996
To: All Americans
|From: "Bill Clinton"
Today is NetDay in 18 states across the country. I want to thank the
tens of thousands of parents, businesspeople, students and teachers who
are volunteering their time and money to connect schools and
classrooms to the Internet. Last March, Vice President Gore and I
joined in the first NetDay,
when one-fifth of California's schools were connected to the Net
on one day. This mission is critical, if we are to offer opportunity to all
our young people. In my State of the Union Address, I challenged Americans
to connect every classroom and library in America to the Information
Superhighway by the year 2000, with trained teachers and top quality
educational software. NetDay is an exciting response to that
challenge. And this spring I proposed a $2
billion Technology Literacy Challenge, and I'm pleased that
Congress has responded by allocating more than $200 million for our
first year alone.
The Internet is transforming our lives -- serving as our new town
square, changing the way we live, the way we work, and the way we learn.
We are using it to help families protect their health; we are finding
cures for diseases by posting the map of human genes; we are using it to
track deadbeat parents; we are making our government more accessible to
the public. We must continue to unlock its potential. I believe that
libraries and schools should be given free basic connections to the
Internet, so that every student and every adult will
have free access to the wealth of knowledge it holds. And last
month, I proposed a $100 million commitment to improve and expand the
Internet -- to create the next generation of the Net.
I encourage all of you to join in this electronic "barnraising."
NetDay is just the first step -- let's make 1997 NetYear.