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Posted: Aug 24, 1995 3:56 PM
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I got this from Becky Corwin (TERC and Lesley College).
>Date: 8/21/95 10:16 AM
>From: Melissa Wahl
>From the Dept of Ed Mailing list
>Date: 8/21/95 9:13 AM
>From: kwinters@inet.ed.gov
>We've all heard about the National Information Infrastructure
>(NII). Ever wonder what progress is being made toward building
>it? ^^^^^^^^
>A *status report* was released in June by the National
>Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA).
>"Connecting the Nation," as it's called, looks at Internet
>connectivity across key public institutions. It tells, for
>instance, that:
> About 1/4 of the homes in America have computers -- & most
> of these households enjoy high incomes & high education
> levels. The report makes the point that our schools &
> libraries (& other public institutions) will be *pivotal* to
> our success, as a society, in providing access to children &
> adults from the 3/4 of homes that do not have computers.
>The 31-page report presents various other data on connectivity.
>It also states the benefits of connecting to the NII, & it
>describes 17 projects funded by the NTIA's "Telecommunications
>and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program" (TIIAP).
>The full report is available at these addresses:
> Web
> ^^^
> http://www.ntia.doc.gov/connect.html
> Gopher
> ^^^^^^
> gopher.ntia.doc.gov
> --> New Items/
> --> NTIA REPORT: "Connecting the Nation"
> (NEW 06/28/95)
>Below are a few excerpts & paraphrases from the report.
> *************************************************
> Excerpts & Paraphrases from
> "Connecting the Nation: Classrooms, Libraries &
> Health Care Organizations in the Information Age"
> A Report from NTIA
> U.S. Department of Commerce
> *************************************************
>How many classrooms & public libraries are connected to the
> Three percent of classrooms & 21 percent of public
> libraries.
>How many schools are *planning* to get connected?
> "Sixty-seven percent of public schools have plans to
> implement or upgrade to a wide area computer network. Of
> these, 81 percent indicate that their telecommunications
> plans are part of a district-level plan, 27 percent are part
> of a state plan, and 19 percent are part of a regional
> plan." (Based on data from the National Center for
> Education Statistics, 1995)
>We hear a lot about our economy & society being increasingly
>driven by technology & information. Is there evidence to suggest
>this is actually happening?
> "In 1994, The Los Angeles Times reported that
> telecommunications is now the world's largest economic
> sector, with a strategic importance that surpasses that of
> oil or steel."
> "Twenty years ago, only 50,000 computers existed in the
> entire world. Today, more than 50,000 computers are sold
> every ten hours."
> "...businesses are using information technologies to provide
> new services and/or reinvent themselves.... In 1990 there
> were an estimated 2 million telecommuters in the United
> States. That number increased to 7.8 million by 1994. By the
> year 2001, there will be an estimated 30 million
> telecommuters.
> "In 1985, there were only 300,000 registered electronic mail
> users.... Today, the number of electronic mail users is
> estimated to be more than 27 million."
> "The telecommunications technology sector of the U.S.
> economy is creating jobs that did not exist twenty years
> ago.... One estimate projects 500,000 new jobs in the
> telecommunications sector by 1995."
> "As computers and advanced telecommunications are now
> essential tools in the workplace, it will become
> increasingly important that individuals obtain the necessary
> training and education to become computer literate and to be
> able to 'navigate' information networks.... It is estimated
> that 60 percent of the new jobs in the year 2010 will
> require skills possessed by only 22 percent of workers
> today."
>Kirk Winters
>Office of the Under Secretary
>U.S. Department of Education
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Judy Roitman, Math, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045, 913-864-4630

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