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Vice President Gore, having first coined the term "information
superhighway" 17 years ago, is the recognized public leader in
the development of the National Information Infrastructure (NII)
-- a seamless web of communications networks, computers,
databases, and consumer electronics that will put vast amounts of
information at users' fingertips. The Vice President unveiled
the Administration's proposals to reform the communications
marketplace, a key component of the NII, in a speech to the
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He cited the need to
bring the economic, health, and educational benefits of the
information revolution to all Americans and challenged his
audience to connect every classroom, library, hospital and clinic
to the NII by the year 2000 so that all Americans can benefit
from the communications revolution. The agenda outlined by the
Vice President is only one in a series of steps necessary to
encourage the development of the NII. In addition, Vice President
Gore has proposed and strongly encouraged the development of a
Global Information Infrastructure that bridges sovereign nations'
information infrastructures to connect people around the world
through a massive network of networks.