Coming to a PC Near You: Florida Task Force Meeting

Bush's speech is scheduled as part of a two-day meeting of Florida's Information Service Technology Development Task Force in Fort Lauderdale. The Webcast, hosted by Bush, Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan and task force members, will run from noon until 5:30 p.m.

The Florida legislature created the task force -- also known as the Internet Task Force -- to help formulate state policies regarding the use of technology and the emergence of an IT-driven economy. The task force is looking at the impact of technology on government services, education, economic development and other issues.

The task force scheduled Bush's speech at noon so that state agency employees, teachers and other people could tune in during their lunch hour, said Tina Brown, assistant to task force chairwoman Julia Johnson.

"In the future, we may be conducting a lot of business this way," Brown said. "Where some one cannot afford to go to Fort Lauderdale, they can just log onto their PC at work or home."

PC users will require RealPlayer software -- available for free download over the Internet -- to receive the Webcast. More information will be posted on the task force home page, www.itflorida.com.

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