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RUTLAND LAUNCHES UK'S FIRST COMMUNITY INTRANET

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Rutland CC has launched an initiative which will eventually see more than 12,000 homes connected to the internet, r...
Rutland CC has launched an initiative which will eventually see more than 12,000 homes connected to the internet, reports The Leicester Mercury.

The scheme, RutNet, is the country's first community intranet - allowing local people access to areas of the net which cannot be seen by people who are not part of the scheme.

The first phase of the project sees the council's current public information integrated into the existing community website and allows free access and email to users of Rutland's own free internet service.

Later phases of the programme will see the distribution of computers to remaining homes in the country.

The council's chief executive, Janice Morphet, said: 'This project is very important. It shows our ability and willingness to work with the private sector and it is a step towards the electronic provision of services.

'We also hope it will stimulate electronic commerce both within and outside Rutland and help us address some of the problems associated with living in a rural area.'

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