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June 23, 1996

Internet access donated

By Timothy C. Barmann

Rhode Island schools and libraries may get more Internet access thanks to plans by three local companies to offer some free and discounted accounts.

InteleCom Data Systems (885-4243) of East Greenwich and Edgenet (348-6000) of Westerly said last week that they would both give schools and libraries a free Internet account. IDS has been giving away such accounts since 1992. It serves more than 25 schools and libraries.

Edgenet said it is offering one free account and discounts for additional accounts.

Ultranet Communications (800-763-8111), a Marlborough, Mass., Internet provider, made a similar offer to libraries and schools in April.

NYNEX spokesman John Barrett said NYNEX supplies some 2,200 free telephone lines for Rhode Island schools to use the Internet.

Many Rhode Island schools already have an Internet connection through RInet, a collaborative formed for that purpose.