ECONET Online Ecology Information
Entry ID: EARTH_LAND_OCEAN_AIR_IGC_ECONET
Abstract: EcoNet is one of several computer groups presenting a whole spectrum
of information on global change issues. Agriculture and related Trade
Policy information are among the topics available from this source.
EcoNet is a member of a world-wide organization of 'progressive' computer
networks -- the Association For Progressive Communications (APC). APC aims
to provide a globally interconnected ... electronic communications network
dedicated to a free and balanced flow of information including promotion
of sustainable and equitable development. EcoNet is accessible from the
Internet via Telnet and FTP. From any machine on the internet you may
type 'telnet igc.org' to connect to EcoNet. Login with the username 'new'
and follow the on-line signup script. There is an initial charge of $15 for
setup and a 150-page user's manual, a monthly fee of $10, and an hourly
charge of $3 for connecting from the Internet. You can retrieve copies of
conference/newsgroup listings via anonymous ftp from ftp://igc.apc.org in
pub/IGC-conf-list-*, and you can receive a copy of the ECONET on-line
brochure by sending a blank message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When subscribing to EcoNet, you also gain access to the information
resources of the other IGC Networks. The Institute for Global
Communications (IGC), EcoNet's parent organization and mother of
PeaceNet, ConflictNet and LaborNet, is located in San Francisco,
California, and is a division of the Tides Foundation, a 501(c)(3)
APC was principal communications services provider to NGOs during the
1993 World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna and the 1992 Earth
Summit in Rio.
EcoNet users can send and receive private messages -- including fax
and telex -- to and from more than 18,000 international users on the
APC networks or to millions on other networks.
EcoNet Rates: After a one-time $15 sign-up fee, the monthly
subscription is $10, which includes one free hour of off-peak time
(after 6pm and on weekends) and phone support. Domestic connect time
is $5 per hour for off-peak and $7 for peak time (M-F 7am-6pm).
800-number access is for Alaska, Hawaii and rural users at $10 per
hour. Internet and direct-dial connectivity is billed at $3 per hour.
International connect rates vary with each country's public data
network. A number of countries have direct SprintNet connections at
$21 per hour. Some gateway and storage charges may apply.
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