Y'all got mail: Houston offers free Net access

The city from which mankind made its giant leap across space to the moon is now jumping the digital divide. Houston in August will begin providing free e-mail accounts, Internet access and Microsoft Office-compatible software to its 3 million residents.

The $9 million SimHouston program has been available in limited form at public libraries since last summer, said Michael A. Chernoff, SimHouston project manager.

Internet Access Technologies Inc. of Houston developed the software. The Microsoft Office lookalike components include SimWord, a PowerPoint clone, calendaring and a spreadsheet called SimCalc.

Residents will need a Houston library card with a user ID to get the free service at www.simhouston.com.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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