January 31, 1996 - Larry Irving, administrator of the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, is leading the federal government's effort to develop the National Information Infrastructure. Irving's office coordinates the Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP) grants, which provide matching funds for online projects demonstrating uses of the NII in schools, libraries and other institutions.
December 31, 1995 - Assemblyman Albert Vann, who represents a Brooklyn district in the New York Legislature, chairs the Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee. The standing committee has jurisdiction over telecommunications issues, which gives Vann the opportunity to push for access to the emerging information infrastructure for inner city and rural residents.
October 31, 1995 - Congress briefly considered creating a Chief Information Officer (CIO) to coordinate information technology for the entire federal government. This summer, however, the bill changed.