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Jones Intercable Project to Deliver Internet Access over Cable TV

Magazine article Information Today

Jones Intercable Project to Deliver Internet Access over Cable TV

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SPRY Inc. and O'Reilly & Associates Inc., developers of Internet In A Box have announced that Internet In A Box is providing the nation's first easy access to the Internet over cable television. Internet In A Box, the first shrink-wrapped software package to offer point-and-click applications for the Internet, has been chosen to participate in the Jones Intercable project.

In the first stage of the pilot, Internet In A Box is being installed at Minnie Howard School and T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. The software runs on a PC and is connected to Jones Intercable's broadband facilities through a PC-to-cable modem. The project is a continuation of the educational initiative introduced to cable customers in Alexandria by Mind Extension University: The Education Network.

"We established the country's first broadband Internet connection at Minnie Howard School in December," explained Jones Senior Information Officer James N. Ginsburg. "Through Internet In A Box, teachers and students are being equipped with point-and click applications to nevigate the Internet. This gives them instantaneous access to the full range of information available on the Internet, especially the multi-media component, which can only be delivered effectively through a high speed network like cable television."

Students, teachers and librarians that are connected to the Internet have access to online resources that most school libraries neither have the funds nor the space to support. Examples include the National Archives, word maps, listings of recent supreme court decisions, World Factbook, Environmental Protection Agency Library and space shuttle and satellite images.

"SPRY Inc. and O'Reilly & Associates Inc. have partnered to make Internet access easy for millions," said David Pool, president of SPRY. …

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