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AltaVista To End Free Internet Access; N.C. State Freshmen Display End-of-Semester Projects

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RALEIGH — What has been free may not be free any more for some Internet users, and N.C. State is known for turning out sharp engineers, but many of them start out early in their freshman year. AltaVista To End Free Internet ServiceMillions of people will soon have to pay for their Internet access.AltaVistaannounced it is ending its free service on December 10. The popular service says it is shutting down because the provider,1stup.com, is going out of business.

AltaVista will offer three months free service on MSN. However, if they stay with MSN, the cost goes to $21.95 a month.Bluelight.com, provided by K-Mart, says it may end service after the holidays.

NetZero has picked up subscribers from FreeInternet.com. Free access simply has grown too quickly, and no one is making money from the banner ads. N.C. State Freshmen Show Off Their End-of-Semester ProjectsMore than 1,200 N.C. State freshmen engineering students showed off their end-of-semester projects.

They designed and built small balsa wood bridges, catapults and tiny robots. Competitions prove the designs as does close scrutiny by fellow freshmen.

Many of the students have not chosen their engineering specialty yet. WRAL-DT To Offer MulticastingThe power of multicasting will allow WRAL-DT viewers to choose between two digital television programs at 8 p.m. Wednesday; the Neiman-Marcus Christmas Parade from Dallas, Texas, or the basketball game between Georgia Tech and Georgia.

The programs will use separate subchannels of WRAL-DT's over the air Channel 53. CBS programming will continue on WRAL-TV 5.

WRAL-DT, our digital sister station, has done multicasting in the past and will continue to do so when opportunities come up.


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