Connecting to the Net Cheap (was: Connect (fwd))

Hugh W. Jarvis (hjarvis@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Thu, 30 Nov 1995 13:11:43 -0500

Thought this might be of interest to people. For a small outlay, in
countries with Net connectivity, many people can get on-line.



---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 95 11:45:00 MST
From: Brian Kenny - MCDOT <>
Subject: Connect

RE: Connecting others--Dont have every archaeologist and historic
preservation enthusiast on the net yet. I am trying to (and wish) more
folks were on line. Some are located in local agencies or CRM firms and
dont have computers with connectivity.

I did a little experiment. I spent $99 for a used 286 with monitor keyboard
and mouse, found an old 2400 baud modem for $20 and installed it. I
installed a DOS-based word processor (Word Perfect) and a share ware
modem dialler. I gave it to a retired friend and signed him on to AzTeC,
the community based free-net in AZ (covers residents in PHX and Tucson now,
but is spreading throughout AZ). He gets complete access to the WWW
(text-only; no graphics) plus free e-mail with a personal e-mail address;
he can sign on for 1 hr at a time, but he can sign on as many times per
day as he wishes. Absolutely free. He uses it every day to connect to
libraries, www pages, and to send e-mail.

So, basically, I got him on the Internet for a total cost of $119. Even
without a free-net, one can get local provider service for about $10-20
per mo. I proved it can be done. Pass the word to folks if they are
struggling with budgets, but wish to get on the net.