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Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release June 12, 1998
                             ON THE E-RATE 

Later today, the Federal Communications Commission will cast a critical vote on the E-Rate -- deciding whether to give all our children the tools to succeed in the 21st Century, or shut the door on the future they deserve. I believe the FCC should embrace the E-Rate program. That would be a vote for a 21st Century education, for all our children.

Of course, even if the FCC supports this critical initiative, we know that some in Congress will still try to end it -- as soon as next week. That's just wrong. How can we lead in the Information Age with an approach to education that's stuck in the stone age? So let me be clear: we will fight any effort by Congress to end the E-Rate. It's time to put more of our children on-line -- and that means taking politics off-line. Our commitment to this initiative will not end until we put 21st Century educational technology in every classroom and library in America.