Also, from Ottawa's >experience, the centralized model is a real problem. They have 22 phone >lines, and can't handle the volume. People are frustrated with busy >signals all the time. For me: > Just a very small correction to this interesting and valuable posting: National Capital FreeNet (Ottawa) now has 69 phone lines. Busy signals were a really aggravating problem, but aren't at the moment. I suspect they will be again. NCF suffers from success: 11,000 users now, as compared to the founding Board's projection of 10,000 by March/94. NCF also suffers from the unresolved technical difficulties of running a bilingual system. A vigorous francophone group is working on this. I'm told that Toronto's FreeNet aborning (they hope to be up and running next spring) wants to be genuinely multi-lingual. I fear for them. -- Peter Martin, in the heart of Sandy Hill Snailmail and visitors: #1-131 Osgoode St, Ottawa K1N 6S5. Phone and fax: (613) 237-4180 (fax midnight to 8am) Interests, etc on file. Toolbox access granted. Chimo!