Guam's Y2K rollover bodes well for U.S.

Early Year 2000 reports from the U.S. territory of Guam -- which bills itself as "where America's day begins" because of its proximity to the international date line -- indicate that the rest of America has nothing to worry about as the new year sweeps across the 50 states.

"Everything is absolutely beautiful here. We've got a green light all the way with our computer systems...including 911 and [those that control] telephones, power, water and light," Clifford Guzman, executive director of the Government of Guam Y2K Council, said in a phone interview one hour after midnight, which occurred at 9 a.m. EST.

"We've not had a glitch, including at the airport where the first plane touched down at 12:10 a.m. [Guam time]," he said. "We had our first baby born shortly after the New Year, in a hospital that is also fully functioning."

The Guam government operates 8,000 to 9,000 computers, and Guzman said the government spent about $15 million on Year 2000 fixes and upgrades.

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