Tue, 9 Feb 1993 15:18:21 -0500
Good question: how to get information on a local Freenet?
Freenets are broad-based community supported bulletin board
systems on the internet which support electronic mail & limited
FTP capabilities along with the standard multiple bboards.
The are operated gratis by some sponsoring organization (the
Cleveland freenet is operated by Case Western Reserve Univ, the
Heartland freenet in Peoria is supported by Bradley Univ, etc.), the
syssops for the various boards are volunteer (sound familiar :-) ?)
"information providers". ALthough there is no published list of
freenets (that I know of), they often allow you to telnet from
one to the other. Registering as a user is free, there is no charge
for connect time, messages sent, etc. although there *ARE*
restrictions generally regarding abuse of resources, etc....
nothing a scouter would have trouble with :-)
If you get a chance, telnet to the Heartland freenet:
(heartland.bradley.edu login as bbguest) and take a look. I'll try
to see if there is one in the Virginia area. Some of them MAY have
limited WATS access..
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City