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Tried to send this as a new item but it bounced ... sorry <sigh>
Does any one know anything about this conference? Seems strange to me we that
there has not been anything on the nets on this ...(at least not on the lists
I monitor.)
 
Anyone in a position to go and do a write up?
 
3COM CORP. FORMS NON-PARTISAN GROUP TO CONSTRUCT NATIONAL DATA SUPERHIGHWAY
WASHINGTON (JUNE 10) BUSINESS WIRE - 3Com Corporation, a leading global data
network company located in Silicon Valley, Thursday announced the formation
of a non-partisan group of public and private sector professionals dedicated
to begin construction on the National Information Infrastructure (NII).
 
 
Through a series of pilot programs, the participants on the NII Round Table
will demonstrate how the NII, also known as the Data Superhighway, will help
reduce health care costs and improve the nation's education system.
 
In the historic Round Table meeting, on June 14, 1993 in Washington, D.C.,
Ron Brown, secretary of commerce, and Madeleine Kunin, deputy secretary of
education, will address an audience of public and private sector leaders from
education, health care, government and technology on the challenges faced by
pioneering construction on the Data Superhighway.
 
For the first time, these public officials and industry leaders will work
together to suggest standards and accelerate the development of NII
applications.  Participants were selected because of their knowledge and
understanding of technology and the issues impacting the United States
education and health care systems.
 
"The NII holds great promise for reducing health care costs and raising the
effectiveness and efficiency of an elementary school system shackled by lack
of information age resources,"  said Eric Benhamou, CEO of 3Com Corporation.
"The key to successful implementation of a data superhighway is creating
ubiquitous access for users by building the on- and off-ramps."
 
Benefits to Education - Produce Learners not Knowers
 
"With the American public school system under attack, administrators
nationwide must reevaluate the current industrial age teaching system, which
encourages passive rather than active learning,"  said Bernard Gifford,
founder of Academic Systems Corporation.  "The current system does not
develop the skills children need to succeed in an information oriented
society."
 
"Schoolchildren must be brought into the information age or we risk teaching
them antiquated skills that have little use in today's society,"  said Meril
Smith, principal of Edenvale School in San Jose California's Oak Grove School
District.  "The power of computers and shared information over a nationwide
network will connect students to unlimited resources teaching them how to
think, analyze and utilize information, not just memorize and retain it."
 
 
Benefits to Health Care - Cost Savings
 
In health care, both the costs and the related paperwork continue to
escalate. Health care workers are inundated by reams of paper crossing their
desks and insured Americans are seeing their coverage continue to dwindle.
 
 
"It is estimated that 25 percent of all health care costs, across the board,
are administrative or paperwork related,"  said Leo Collins, director of
Computer and Communications Technology for Southern California-based
PacifiCare Health Systems.  "By utilizing the NII and connecting computer
delivery systems together, health care providers and the American people will
see immediate and dramatic cost savings in administrative overhead."
 
Founded in 1979, 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ:COMS) pioneered the data networking
industry.  Today, 3Com offers customers a broad range of global data
networking solutions that includes routers, hubs and adapters for Ethernet,
Token Ring and FDDI networks.  Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., 3Com has
worldwide research and development, manufacturing, marketing, sales and
support capabilities.  For more information call 1-800-NET3-Com.
 
The National Information Infrastructure Round Table is a select group of
public and private sector professionals in education, health care, government
and technology.  The NII Round Table is dedicated to the creation and
measurement of productive pilot programs showing how the American education
and health care systems will benefit from the NII, also known as the Data
Superhighway.
 
CONTACT:  3Com Public Relations
    David J. Abramson, 408/764-6621
                 or
    Cunningham Communication, Inc.
    Geoffrey Kerr, 408/764-0746