COMMERCE SECRETARY DALEY ANNOUNCES CONTRACT TO STUDY IMPACT
WASHINGTON - Commerce Secretary William M. Daley today announced the award of a $100,000 contract to the Blacksburg Electronic Village, Inc. (BEV) in Blacksburg, Va., to evaluate the impact of information technology on public and non-profit organizations served by community networks. The study is one of several Clinton/Gore administration initiatives designed to help improve public services to populations without access to the Internet and other information technologies.
"The Blacksburg Electronic Village study will help develop new community networks and, through these networks, provide an increased understanding of how public and non-profit sector organizations are using information technology," Secretary Daley said. "It should also help deliver needed public services," he said.
The project will survey 50 institutions involved in community networking, and will conduct a detailed study of four of the institutions. It's goal is to provide information on network technology applications used by existing community networks to potential future community networks.
The contract for the study, signed on June 7, was awarded by Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) under its Technologies Opportunities Program (TOP). The TOP program awards grants for model projects that demonstrate innovative uses of network technology.
The contract announced today is the fourth in a series awarded by TOP for research and evaluation on the diffusion of telecommunications and information technology applications in the public and non-profit sectors. NTIA serves as the principal adviser to the executive branch on domestic and international telecommunications issues.