Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tech Talk Column

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tech Talk Column

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Sprint, MCI, America Online Will Connect Internet Lines

MCI Communications Corp., Sprint Corp. and a unit of America Online Inc. have signed agreements to connect their Internet networks.

The companies, which carry about 80 percent of the U.S. Internet traffic, are connecting their lines to provide better reliability to customers, hoping to attract them with the assurance of a seamless transfer of traffic.

The Internet is the global network that connects computers to one another. The agreements between the telecommunications companies follow the government's decision to turn the global computer network over to business, as the Internet becomes a hub for shopping and sending information.

Bloomberg

***** ... Small Businesses Slow To Connect

People who make a living in small business aren't tripping over one another to get on the Internet.

The Gallup Organization polled 300 owners, managers and employees of firms with 20 or fewer workers and found that 71 percent have heard about the Internet - but only 21 percent have access to it.

Three reasons small businesses are reluctant to "surf the Net": too expensive, too complex, too difficult to find relevant information.

The Seattle Times

***** NEC Climbs Aboard Flat-TV Bandwagon

Japanese computer giant NEC Corp. has joined the ranks of Japanese consumer electronics firms with plans to soon start selling a new type of slimmer, larger TV set.

NEC said it would introduce its flat-screen TV sets using plasma-display panels (PDPs) in the summer of next year.

The sets are thin enough that they can be hung on a wall. …

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