Vice President Gore today issued this statement on the E-rate program:
"Every child in America deserves a 21st century education and access to 21st century technology. The E-rate is critical to our effort to put computers in every classroom and library, giving every child the tools to succeed.
But some in industry and in the Congress would undermine this program, and hold our children back. That's the wrong approach for America's future.
Let me be clear: I strongly oppose any effort to pull the plug on the E-rate and deny our children the full promise of the Information Age. I call on both Congress and industry to put all politics aside and work with us to put 21st century educational technology in every classroom and library. Cutting off the E-rate would close the door to our children's future. That is something America simply cannot afford to do."