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The public sector should support and fund precompetitive research and development targeted toward enabling NII dependability, interoperability, and ease of use by the broad population. The public sector should also support and fund precompetitive research and development on advanced technology for next-generation networks and advanced applications.

The public sector should collaborate with the private sector on programs that will lead to the realization of the goal of having K-12 schools and libraries connected to the NII by the year 2000.

The public sector should work with the private sector to protect U.S. interests in matters related to the global information infrastructure, with particular emphasis on intellectual property protection and trade reciprocity.


1. Council on Competitiveness. 1993. Vision for a 21st Century Information Infrastructure. Council on Competitiveness, Washington, D.C., May.

2. Federal Communications Commission. 1994. Statistics of Communications Common Carriers, 1993/1994 Edition. Federal Communications Commission, Washington, D.C., Table 8.1.

3. Personal Communications Industry Association. 1994. 1994 PCS Market Demand Forecast. Personal Communications Industry Association, Washington, D.C., January.

4. Clapp, George H. 1994. Internet Access. Testimony before House Subcommittee on Science, October 4.

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