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Keynote Speech: Economic Opportunity Along the Information Superhighway

Jonathan Sallet
Asst. to the Secretary
Director, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning
US Dept of Commerce

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The National Information Infrastructure will be key economic force in the 21st Century. It will drive investment, as we build out an advanced network of networks connecting our schools, libraries, hospitals and clinics. It will be the cornerstone of lifelong learning, changing forever the way we education our children and train and re-train ourselves to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing, increasingly competitive global marketplace. It will enable the creating of new markets here at home and abroad, and enhance and sustain economic well-being by increasing export opportunities. And it will generate innovations in commerce, health care, the environment, manufacturing, entertainment and elsewhere; innovations that will dramatically affect the way we live, work and play. The Clinton Administration has made working with the private sector in the development and deployment of an advanced National Information Infrastructure a key priority, and has done so not just as a matter of science and technology, but because the NII is and will continue to be a key driver of economic growth well into the future. At INET 95, I will review the Administration's National Information Infrastructure initiative and discuss its relation to national economic growth and the President's overall economic growth strategy.