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clinton_Internet.jpgI’m sick of politics and politicians. Nonetheless, sometimes a politician does something really cool, like Senator Hilary Clinton throwing her support behind a new $1 billion Access@Home initiative to bring broadband Internet access to low income families.
Access@Home expects to connect nearly 100,000 people in New York City and nationwide to “the vast advantage of the Internet,” according to Local Initiatives Support Corp. LISC is spearheading the nationwide initiative along with One Economy, a nonprofit technology company.
Families that don’t have Internet connectivity suffer an economic disadvantage. For one thing, the U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that 95% of all new jobs will require significant computer skills.
Nearly all Fortune 500 companies accepted job applications through their Web sites in 2003, and one-third of them offered no other means to apply.
Clearly, this is an important project, and one that I hope computer manufacturers will support. Hey Dell! Here’s a chance to get some positive PR for a change. Hey Microsoft! Give them Vista!