Re: Beyond these walls...

Fri, 27 Sep 1996 12:32:43 -0500

Some people at Virginia Tech are involved in a project that I think someone
interested in this new endeavor should take a look at. I just looked on the
web and found a gopher site for the Blacksburg Electronic Village:

I'm not sure if this is the same project as the one I originally heard
about, but someone should check it out. It's not exactly the same thing
you're talking about doing, but no doubt something could be learned from
their experiences.

Also, don't forget that Net access is still too complicated and too
expensive for most people to deal with it--especially the groups you seem
most interested in, such as the elderly and the disadvantaged. That's not
meant to throw cold water on your ideas, just a point of information that
you want to keep in mind. If you want the elderly to use the Net for
learning, you'd better be ready to supply them with equipment and with lots
of technical support.

The people in Blacksburg, from what I've heard, are dealing with these
issues and getting results. Anyone on the list know more about their
project? Or about similar projects? (I'm sure there must be a lot of such
projects around the country.)

BTW, speaking of access, whatever happened to those $500 internet computers
that were supposed to come out this fall?