By Karen Coyle

On a daily basis new expertise turns out to upend the knowledge global, altering the gamers, guidelines and practices we knew. Courts and legislatures form the longer term. The media places its spin on all issues net. Divergent critiques swirl via our on-line world.

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What we are seeing instead is that our current economy is leading to a growing gap between the rich and the poor. In terms of the Information Highway, many of the major players in the NII arena have made it quite clear that they expect Second Wave institutions like schools and public libraries to be the bridge between the information haves and the information have-nots. 2011 23:19:19 page_31 < previous page page_31 next page > Page 31 The Telecommunications Bill of 1996 was over two hundred pages long at the time it passed.

But it's a small voice compared to that of the companies who stand to profit most from the deregulated marketplace. At the core of the difference of opinion between the public interest advocates and the commercial sector is their view of information. In the commercial world, information has been called the product of the 90s, and the NII is the intended product delivery system. To many in the public sector, information is not just another productit is an essential component of social services, government, and civic life.

The benefits of a strong hightechnology industry are felt throughout our business community. Bring Government Closer to the People The Internet is already being used to bring more government information to the public. Congressional bills are now made available online in their marked-up form, and a number of state legislatures are providing the same service for state bills. You can retrieve press releases, agency reports, and various documents that previously were not readily available outside the Washington Beltway.

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