For Immediate Release
June 30, 1999

Contact: Mary Hanley


Washington, DC - On Thursday, July 8, the U.S. Department of Commerce will release "Falling Through the Net: Defining the Digital Divide," the third report by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, detailing the technology and information gap in America. The report shows more Americans than ever are connected to the nation's information infrastructure but a gap persists among certain demographic groups. Technology access on a state-by-state basis will also be presented.

WHEN: Thursday, July 8, 9:30 am
WHERE: The National Press Club, 13th floor, Holeman Lounge
WHO: Larry Irving, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, The National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Mr. Irving will be joined by representatives of the public and private sector who are engaged in efforts to address the new technology gap.

On Friday, July 9, Mr. Irving will present the findings of the report at a New Media Symposium, sponsored by Knight-Ridder at the Unity '99 Convention in Seattle.