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Local, Dial-Up Internet Access Available Statewide

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Rural Internet Access Authority

will announce Monday that local, dial-up Internet access is now available throughout North Carolina.

In accomplishing this effort, the Authority will have met the first goal for the statewide e-NC initiative, which is working to provide affordable, high-speed Internet access to all North Carolinians by December 2003.

Prior to this effort, no group had determined where local, dial-up Internet access was available in North Carolina, particularly in the state's rural areas. As a result, many N.C. residents have been paying for expensive, long-distance phone calls to Internet service providers, making Internet access cost-prohibitive for many.

The Authority hopes to get more North Carolinians connected to the Internet by alerting them to a more affordable method of doing so.

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