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June 25, 1995

Browse the Web at Salve;
local access time increased

By Timothy C. Barmann

*Salve Regina University in Newport has made available what is perhaps the state's first World Wide Web public access site, located in its McKillop Library. The library is open to the public and visitors are welcome to use the Web on either of two computers running graphical browsers, or any of the 24 text-only terminals. Dean of Library Services David Kim said he knows of no other similar public access sites in Rhode Island.

Summer hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday noon-5 p.m., and Sunday 2 -10 p.m.

*Good news for area 'Net surfers. Competition is heating up between some of the local Internet providers who have increased monthly connect time allowance, some by more than 100 percent, while keeping monthly access fees the same. brainiac services of Hope Valley has increased access time from 20 to 50 hours for $17.50. Subscribers of East Greenwich-based Intelecom Data Systems now get 100 hours of connect time per month for $25, up from 50 hours. And with Providence-based Log on America, subscribers get 80 hours of access for $20, up from 60 hours. Log on America also offers an account that includes 300 hours of monthly access for $30 a month.

*There's a new Internet access provider in the East Bay. Aquidneck Web, Inc. of Middletown (841-5999) offers SLIP and PPP accounts for $10 a month for 10 hours or $20 a month for 80 hours of access. Accounts require a $20 setup fee. Jeff Thompson says the company has 16 lines in Middletown that allow access up to 28,800 baud, and they provide free software to connect. His company also offers Web page creation for businesses looking to advertise on the World Wide Web.

*Lt. Gov. Robert Weygand can receive e-mail through his policy director's Internet address on the Ocean State Free-Net. George E. Furtado will forward messages to the Weygand that are sent to ae268@osfn.rhilinet.gov.

*Rhode Island Horizons, the Providence Journal Co.'s "online community," has collaborated with cable-TV sports network ESPN to add its own flavor to their reports on the network's Extreme Games, which began yesterday. Horizons coverage includes slick graphics and maps, photos and stories, and schedules of the games, which take place over the next week at various locations around the state. Check out their animated map that illustrates the street luge course on College Hill.

Horizons is available on Prodigy by JUMPING RIH. To access the Extreme Games coverage, JUMP "extreme games" from Horizons.

*Speaking of Horizons, Cybertalk is now available there as well. This week's column as well as some previous ones can now be found there. JUMP Community Horizons, then click on Computer World.