Paul L. Rinaldo
Fri, 05 Nov 1999 10:38:11 -0500


Of possible interest to some.

73, Paul, W4RI


On December 9, 1999, the Secretary of Commerce will host a Digital Divide
Summit, focused on expanding access to information technologies for
underserved populations and areas. Secretary Daley will lead the dialogue
among participants from the Federal Government, technology industry, civil
rights and non-profit communities, grassroots community organizations, and
the general public. The participants will examine existing public and
private initiatives aimed at closing the technology gap and will discuss how
to expand upon and coordinate these efforts. Closing the digital divide is
an essential part of President Clinton's New Markets Initiative, which seeks
to bring America's prosperity to economically-underserved areas. The Summit
will be held at the Department of Commerce and will include an address by
Secretary Daley; a roundtable discussion with representatives from the
public and private sectors; and six breakout sessions. The topics of these
smaller sessions include Technology and Economic Development in Underserved
Areas; Sustainable Public Access Points; Lowering Barriers to Access through
New Product Development; Marketing to and Content for Underserved
Populations; Rural Communities -- Targeted Solutions; and Workforce
Development -- Training and Education.
For further information, contact Jeffrey Joyner, National Telecommunications
and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401
Constitution Avenue, NW, Room 4713, Washington DC 20230; telephone (202)
482-1816; facsimile (202) 501-8013; or electronic mail

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