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FidoNet

A worldwide hobbyist network of personal computers which exchanges e-mail, discussion groups, and files. Founded in 1984 and originally consisting only of IBM PCs and compatibles, FidoNet now includes such diverse machines as Apple IIs, Ataris, Amigas, and Unix systems. Though it is much younger than Usenet, FidoNet is already (in early 1991) a significant fraction of Usenet's size at some 8000 systems.

FidoNet

An e-mail system developed in 1984 by Tom Jennings, creator of the Fido BBS. It was the first popular method of providing e-mail and file transfer across multiple BBSs. FidoNet, as well as all BBS use, has declined dramatically in the U.S., but FidoNet has also grown in other countries. Today, there are more than 10,000 FidoNet nodes in use around the world, many of which are used to provide an e-mail connection to the Internet. For more information, visit www.fidonet.org.
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While Internet and other high-technology networks require powerful machines, many older, less sophisticated personal computers can run FidoNet programs, which provide a communications link that is as fast as a telex--at a fraction of the cost.
The Special Needs BBS (219) 659-0112, up to 14,400 bps General disabilities, some emphasis on hearing impairments; Internet e-mail, Fidonet, Health Care Net access; message areas for parents, files/programs for downloading; sysop is parent of child who is deaf.
Braille Inn BBS (410) 893-8944, up to 9,600 bps General disability issues; files in and about braille; Fidonet.
Emphasis on visual impairments; NFB literature/publications online, conferences for parents to discuss issues with adults who are blind; Fidonet, ADAnet; electronic books/text files for downloading.
Disability Resources Affiliates & Groups Network (DRAGNET) (612) 753-1943, up to 14,400 bps (612) 827-2294 (V/TTY) Wide range of disability issues; free access, user guide available for suggested $5 donation; Internet, Fidonet, ADAnet; conferences for parents, will put other groups' newsletters online for free; many non-local callers; files for downloading.
Disabilities Electronic Network (DEN) (201) 342-3273, up to 14,400 bps (201) 342-6984 (voice) Wide range of disabilities; Fidonet, ADAnet; message areas on specific disabilities, message area for parents, files for downloading.
Access BBS (518) 885-4192, up to 16,800 bps General disabilities; Internet e-mail, Fidonet, ADAnet, AEGIS (AIDS Education General Information Service); files specific to children with disabilities, resource info, local conferences, files for downloading.
The DisAbility BBS (503) 777-6561, up to 14,400 bps General disabilities; 42 conference/message areas--LD, ADD areas recommended for parents; Fidonet, ADAnet; files for downloading.
Project Enable (304) 759-0727, up to 9,600 bps General disabilities; Fidonet, ADAnet; many message areas.
8 kbit/s will make a major impact on the mail exchange on FidoNet, resulting in a significant cost savings for our regional mail coordinators," said George Peace, North American FidoNet Mail Zone Hub.