In a stark about-face, the Bush administration has retreated from the national fight to bridge the digital divide.

The unequivocal message of the president's fiscal year 2003 budget is that the digital divide is no longer a national priority. With the continued help of the free market's invisible hand, the problem will somehow solve itself.

The administration's 2003 budget calls for the elimination of two critical digital opportunity programs: the U.S. Department of Education's Community Technology Centers (CTC) program and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Opportunities

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