Reps. Sununu and McIntyre
April 9, 1997
in this forum:
Is Congress too skittish about the coming budget fight? How weak is Gingrich as a leader? Is Congress focusing on "sexy" issues rather than real ones? Is Senate confirmation an inquisition? REP. MCINTYRE: How can Congress make the Internet affordable for all schools? REP. SUNUNU: By sticking by Gingrich, are you hurting America? REP. MCINTYRE: What education reforms do you see coming in this Congress?
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A question from Denis LaBombard of Georgetown, MA:
Question for Congresman McIntyre
What Modifications do you think might be necessary to the Communication Act and/or current Telephone Regulations or rate structure to ensure that all School Districts across the nation have net access and the technology to capitalize on the information technology?
Congressman McIntyre responds:
The effort to connect every school to the Internet is a long-term goal that will require cooperation among the federal, state, and local governments. However, the various levels of government can never finish the job alone. We need corporate and individual support as well. Several options designed to extend Internet access are currently before the House. The 21st Century Classrooms Act for Private Technology Investment bill, introduced by Rep. Randy Duke Cunningham, aims to encourage the private sector to "recycle" their older computers into the public schools.