In April 1993, after two years of testing and development, with
support from UC Santa Barbara, Sun Microsystems and the National
Science Foundation, the RAIN Network officially opened one of
the first public Internet Access Networks in the United States.
When RAIN began providing the first Internet access for communities
Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties on the Central
of California there was no access to the Internet outside the
or military, anywhere. This achievement became a major pioneering
towards public democratization of the Internet as a universally
RAIN has since held its original course as an education pioneer
applying the Internet to explore new ways to teach and learn,
and remains a leader in developing new ways to increase positive
public participation in government and society using online access,
GIS mapping, wireless, and video broadcasting technologies.
We enjoy the challenge of providing "Technology that Works for