Statement by the President: Digital Divide (10/16/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                         (Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt)

For Immediate Release                                         October 16,

                        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


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