The most wired-up town?;Bytes

11th June 1999 at 01:00
Ennis, in the west of Ireland, is claiming to be the world's most wired-up town after being designated an Information Age Town by Telecom Eireann. The organisation wanted to discover what happens when a community is saturated with information and communications technology. In 1997, residents without telephones were connected for free and all were offered training and the chance to buy a pound;1,500 PC for pound;240. Seventy per cent of homes have taken up the offer. Each of the town's 12 schools was given a computer suite, free Internet access and email addresses for all pupils and teachers. PCs and peripherals were also installed in each classroom. The project also addresses the disadvantaged and disabled and community groups will able to use the connections. Although Telecom Eireann is soon to be privatised, the Information Town experiment will continue. Trials of ADSL, a new method of turning ordinary phone lines into high-speed links, are being planned.

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