Who Can Use It?

Although it is a way for people to learn about the Internet, David Green, owner of Cafe Internet in Port Townsend, feels that cybercafes are not meant to be a classroom. His cafe does have assistants onhand to help customers, but Green said that customers would have to have some working knowledge of the Internet.

Green's cafe has access to a laser printer, color stylus printer, scanner and provides programs for anyone such as travelers, writers, businesspeople, teachers and students.

Green said it is a way people can ge there products out in a relaxed atmosphere at a reasonable fee.

How Much Does It Cost?

People can experience the Internet for a low hourly fee without having to spend money on a $2,000 computer and a $10 per month service charge for Internet access.

The price varies at different cybercafes. Prices can range from between $3-$7.50 an hour depending on the application and some cafes, such as SFNet, have terminals that are coin operated. Most places also offer student rates as well.

What Do Cybercafes Have to Offer Besides Food and Net Surfing?

Cybercafes offer a number of different services besides and food and Net surfing. Travelers on business or vacation can bring themselves and their laptops to any local cafe away from the confinement of a hotel room.

The computer terminals offer T1s, fast phone lines that are too expensive for the average computer user and Net surfer.

If a customer doesn't want to surf, they can play videogames or sample demos of the latest CD Roms or attend promotional parties held for the latest software and hardware technology.

Don't have anywhere to go for NewYear's Eve? Go to a cybercafe. @Cafe in New York, CyberJava in Los Angeles and CyberSmith in Cambridge, Mass. combined their resources to ring in the 1996 New Year at the same time. People in New York and Boston saw Parisians celebrate at 3 frames per second through CU-SeeMe, an interative video platform. As Tokyo residents arrived in their offices, they were able to witness a pixilated ball drop in Times Square.

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