RAIN Community Technology News

2003 Newsletter for the RAIN Network's Regional Alliance for Information Networking
and the RAIN Internet Cafe

Ten Years in Perspective 1993-2003

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 in
Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties on the Central Coast
of California there was no access to the Internet outside the university
or military, anywhere. This achievement became a major pioneering step
towards public democratization of the Internet as a universally available
communication resource.

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 People."