United States Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure
- The President will sign an Executive Order creating the
"United States Advisory Council on the National Information
Infrastructure" to facilitate private sector input to the
Information Infrastructure Task Force. The IITF, which is
chaired by the Secretary of Commerce, will work with
Congress and the private sector to propose the policies and
initiatives needed to accelerate deployment of the NII.
- The Council will consist of not more than 25 senior-level
individuals to be named by the Secretary of Commerce this
year. A chair and/or vice chair will be appointed by the
Secretary from among the Council members.
- Nominations will be solicited from a variety of NII
constituencies and interest groups. The IITF and its
committees also will use other mechanisms to solicit public
input to ensure that it hears the views of all interested
- The Council will be broadly representative of the key
constituencies impacted by the NII, including business,
labor, academia, public interest groups, and state and local
- The Council shall advise the IITF on matters related to the
development of the NII, such as: the appropriate roles of
the private and public sectors in NII development; a vision
for the evolution of the NII and its public and commercial
applications; the impact of current and proposed regulatory
regimes on the evolution of the NII; privacy, security, and
copyright issues; national strategies for maximizing
interconnection and interoperability of communications
networks; and universal access.
- The Council is expected to invite experts to submit
information to the Council and form subcommittees of the
Council to review specific issues.
- The Department of Commerce will act as "secretariat" for the
Council, providing administrative services, facilities,
staff and other support services.
- The Council will exist for two years unless its charter is
- The Council will be separate from, and complementary to, the
High Performance Computing Advisory Committee, which will be
established to provide private sector input on the High
Performance Computing and Communications Initiative.