|The Year 2000 Crisis|
Rep. Connie Morella
April 28, 1997
in this forum:
How is the government preparing for Y2K? Why is there no easy fix? How will Y2K affect the average computer user? Won't the computer market fix the problem? Is the Y2K really just a forced upgrade? Viewer Comments...
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A question from Shawn Wallwork of ABQ, NM:
Considering how opportunistic our free-market economy is, I really don't see cause for alarm (at least for the private sector). Somewhere around 07/01/99 (or 07/01/1999) a bevy of companies will be offering sofware for about $29.95 to fix the problem. (Who knows maybe even Bill will include it in Windows 99 -- for an additional fee of course.)
Representative Morella responds:
For those who have purchased off-the-shelf programs and operating systems for their home computer, it is expected that additional programs and/or upgrades will be made available to correct the year 2000 problem by a number of vendors.
In Congress, therefore, we are concerned less with the impact on personal computers used by most Americans, but rather with large mainframe computers used by private industry and government.
Nevertheless, as I have stated already, the effect of the Year 2000 problem on both the private and the public sector will have the potential to impact on every American.