FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 15, 1998
CONTACT: Judy Sparrow
NTIA TO HOST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
ON NONPROFIT NETWORKING
NTIA will host a conference to discuss
the growing international nonprofit networking movement. Commerce Assistant
Secretary Larry Irving announced the conference from the NTIA exhibit at
the International Telecommunications Union Plenipotentiary Conference in
Assistant Secretary Irving said that the
conference responds to "the overwhelming interest generated by the ITU
exhibits. Delegate after delegate from around the world has asked us how
they might create these services in their countries. The lessons we have
learned from TIIAP can be shared to spur the use of telecommunications
to increase the quality of global life, understanding, and cooperation.
Through this conference we also can share the richness of the international
culture here today with communities across America."
Last Monday, Vice President Gore delivered
a speech in which he posed five challenges that make up a Digital Declaration
of Interdependence, "The Digital Declaration of Interdependence can create
a brighter world for us all," said the Vice President. This conference
will help to reach the challenges posed by the Vice President by uniting
communities all over the globe through technology.
To be held in the Spring of 1999, the conference
will bring together individuals, organizations, businesses and governments
interested in using telecommunications technology to provide education,
health, public safety and state and local government services. If you are
interested in participating, please call Judy Sparrow at 202-482-2048.
The NTIA exhibit featured 10 demonstrations
of how telecommunications can be used to improve the quality of health
care, public safety, lifelong learning, economic and rural development
and other community based services. The demonstrations were provided by
projects funded through NTIA's Telecommunications
and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP).
TIIAP is a highly competitive, merit based grant program that brings the benefits of an advanced national information infrastructure to communities throughout the United States. TIIAP grants play an important role in realizing the vision of an information society by demonstrating practical applications of new telecommunications and information technologies to serve the public interest.
TIIAP is administered by the United States
Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration
(NTIA). NTIA serves as the principal adviser to the President, Vice President
and Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international communications
and information issues and represents the Executive branch before Congress,
other Federal agencies, foreign governments and international organizations.