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BOSTON COMPUTER SOCIETY CREATES INTERNET SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP

 BOSTON, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boston Computer Society, the world's largest personal computer user group, today announced the formation of the Internet Special Interest Group (ISIG). The new group was developed in response to growing public interest in the Internet, a worldwide electronic communication network that allows users access to a wealth of general and specialized information. Internet users are able to take advantage of extensive resources, from electronic mail to software.
 "This is a big step for the BCS," said ISIG Director Michael Barrow. "Until now there was no place for people outside the universities and the computer industry to learn about the 'net.'"
 "The ISIG will help people understand how valuable the Internet is and how to access and use the network efficiently. Having access to the Internet is like having the Library of Congress, and much more, at your fingertips," said Barrow.
 The group will offer a variety of services, including free and low- cost classes, monthly educational meetings and a monthly newsletter. It will be headed by Barrow, a computer systems consultant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who deals with Internet on a regular basis.
 Barrow decided to establish the group when he found that a growing number of people, both computer literate and non-computer literate, were asking questions about the Internet.
 Support will be offered through electronic mail and by phone, free of charge. Although BCS members may receive discounts on certain fees, the ISIG will provide services for anyone interested in the Internet.
 The Boston Computer Society is the world's largest computer user organization, with more than 25,000 members from every state and 57 countries. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about the uses of personal computers. Founded in 1977, the BCS is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass.
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 /CONTACT: Michael Barrow of Boston Computer Society, 617-252-0600 or 617-491-4580; Tom Breunig of Miller Communications, 617-536-0470, for Boston Computer Society/


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