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Connecting every classroom, library, hospital, and clinic in the United States to the National Information Infrastructure (NII) is a priority for the Clinton Administration. This document provides a status report on this initiative by drawing from current data regarding Internet connectivity, a benchmark for NII access. Chapter 1 of the report reviews the NII initiative and discusses the importance of being connected to the NII. Chapter 2 provides an overview of the level of connectivity of U.S. public institutions to the NII. Chapter 3 highlights how communities and government are successfully partnering with the private sector to promote the development of public "on-ramps" to the NII, with federal government funding serving as a catalyst. Chapter 4 describes National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) programs and initiatives that are helping to accelerate the connection of public institutions to the NII. The report concludes that there is much work to be done before the goal of connecting every school, library, and health care organization to the NII is accomplished. Nevertheless, federal government funding programs can serve as a catalyst in this effort, spurring public-private partnerships even in disadvantages and remote areas of the country. Three tables illustrate data. (Contains 25 references.) (MAS)

Descriptors: Access to Information, Clinics, Computer Networks, Government Role, Hospitals, Information Networks, Institutional Cooperation, Libraries, Public Facilities, Schools











Autor: Gonzalez, Emilio

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9539&id=ED386184



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