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NewsForge: Rural Computer Recycling Program Facing Challenges

Jul 14, 2004, 21:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Claudia Curran)

"The 'Digital Divide' is alive and well in Ashland, Wis., county seat of Ashland County, and Bayfield County just to the north--the second largest county in Wisconsin, though it has no stoplights. 'That's the kind of demographics we're talking about,' said Kent Tenney, who three years ago approached economic development groups in northern Wisconsin about starting Longrun.org, a non-profit venture dedicated to recycling, refurbishing, and building computers that would use Linux and open source software in rural northern Wisconsin.

"Members of what then was the Chequamegon Linux Users Group put out a call for used equipment, and received 25 cubic yards of old computers and hardware that volunteers from Northland College, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC), area high schools, and the general community helped sort..."

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