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CAL LUTHERAN SERVES AS LINK FOR FREE-NET.

Byline: Enrique Rivero Daily News Staff Writer

California Lutheran University has begun serving as a ``node'' for the Los Angeles Free-Net, giving local computer users a low-cost way to jump onto the information superhighway.

The university is providing space where the nonprofit Free-Net has set up a local service number, giving east Ventura County and western Los Angeles County users toll-free access to the Internet.

There are no monthly charges for Los Angeles Free-Net. Registration fees range from $15 for text only and e-mail accounts to $30 for more elaborate packages that include Internet graphics.

``The idea is to have local charges instead of toll charges,'' said Zareh Marselian, director of technical services for California Lutheran University.

Phil Mittelman, executive director of Los Angeles Free-Net, said the eastern portion of Ventura County previously did not have a local access telephone number for users to dial into the system.

Free-Net recently received a grant to set up local access nodes for the Los Angeles County area so users won't have to dial a toll number to gain access to the service.

In addition to western Los Angeles County, the local Free-Net access number is available to users in Simi Valley, the Conejo Valley, Camarillo and Somis.

``It's our mission to make it possible, no matter how little money they have, to get on the Internet,'' he said.

The node went on line about two months ago, according to Marselian. ``They're there and they'll probably upgrade at some point,'' he said.

The university is offering space only for the service's local node linking up to Free-Net's system. It will not be picking up any administrative costs or providing personnel, Marselian said.

``There's no direct advantage (to us),'' he added. ``Indirectly it's part of our continuing effort to provide services to the local community.''

HOW TO SIGN UP For more information about accessing the Internet through Los Angeles Free-Net, call (818) 954-0080. To register by modem, call (805) 241-5006.

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