For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 28, 1999

Contact: Ranjit deSilva


Washington, D.C. - The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP) will host its 3rd annual "Networks for People Conference on Monday and Tuesday, November 1-2, 1999 at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. The two-day conference will focus on information technology and how impacts the lives of everyday Americans in the delivery of business services, education, healthcare and government services.

The conference which is expecting over 600 attendees will begin with opening remarks by Secretary William S. Daley, via video and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, Dr. Bernadette McGuire-Rivera. Other keynote speakers will include: Gary Chapman, Director of the University of Texas' 21st Century Project, Los Angeles Times Columnist, Dr. Carol Ann Bonds, TIIAP grantee and David Bolt, Producer, Studio Miramar's upcoming "Digital Divide series." The conference is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Panel discussions will include topics such as:

"Networks Technologies and Organization" - an analysis of how information technology is impacts business

"Cutting Edge Technology on and Outdated Budget - emerging technology applications for the nonprofits

"Sustaining Telecommunications Technology Projects" - how to keep technology projects alive

"Case Studies in Bridging the Digital Divide" - successful strategies by TIIAP grantees to address the digital divide issue.

"Creating the Global Village" - how to create information technology projects in other countries

"Foundations and the Future" - how foundations are funding "Information Age" projects

WHEN: Monday and Tuesday, November 1-2, 1999

TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Tuesday

WHERE: Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, Virginia. (Rosslyn Metro Stop/Orange/Blue Line)

Media Note: Press, please RSVP to NTIA's Office of Public Affairs at (202) 482-7002, or send an e-mail directly to, if you plan to attend. For further information visit NTIA's website at, and click on TIIAP.