Clinton Plans Free Computers, Internet Access at Every School

By Blomquist, Brian | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), October 11, 1996 | Go to article overview

Clinton Plans Free Computers, Internet Access at Every School


Blomquist, Brian, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - President Clinton met Vice President Al Gore in his home state of Tennessee yesterday, gave him a pat on the back for his debate performance, and announced a plan to provide free computers and Internet service to every school.

Mr. Clinton lauded his running mate's performance in the vice presidential debate against Republican candidate Jack Kemp.

"Last night, it was Al Gore who sacked the quarterback," Mr. Clinton told the Tennessee crowd. "Mr. Kemp found out something I found out a long time ago. It's better not to be on the other side of an argument with Al Gore."

If re-elected, Mr. Clinton said his budget next year will contain $100 million to start a program to improve Internet speed by 100 to 1,000 times today's velocity. Remote computers will be able to transmit the Encyclopaedia Britannica in under a second.

"Believe it or not, everything ages, and the Internet is straining under its growing popularity," Mr. Clinton said. "We have to keep the Internet up to speed. We have to keep it big enough and fast enough to connect all our people."

The five-year, $500 million program, which Mr. Clinton calls "Next Generation Internet," also would link 100 sites - including national laboratories and universities - to promote advances in science, security, medicine, energy and the environment. …

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