Bill Clinton on Infrastructure

Bridge the Digital Divide via access & training

Access to computers and the Internet is becoming increasingly important in American life, but there is a growing ďdigital divideĒ between those who have access to information technology and those who do not. To help make access to computers and the Internet as universal as the telephone, the Administration is proposing a comprehensive initiative to bridge the digital divide and create new opportunity for all Americans. Their FY 2001 budget includes proposals to: broaden access to technologies such as computers, the Internet, and high-speed networks; provide people with the skilled teachers and the training they need to master the information economy; and promote online content and applications that will help empower all Americans to use new technologies to their fullest potential.

In December 1999, the President also announced the launch of the Digital Divide Network, an Internet-based information clearinghouse on public and private efforts to bring technology to underserved communities.

Source: WhiteHouse.gov web site Jun 1, 2000

$200M more for National Space Program

The Presidentís 1996 National Space Policy commits the nation to a strong, stable, and balanced space program. The FY 2001 budget request of $14 billion will enable NASA to continue to pursue the Clinton-Gore Administrationís priorities in human space flight, earth sciences, advanced space transportation, aviation safety, & space science. Through the 21st Century Research Fund for America, the President adds $200 million over the next year to NASAís space science program.