On December 31, 2007 the Suffolk Cooperative Library System will be ending the SuffolkWeb dial-in Internet service. It was one of the first, if not THE first and only, public library systems to offer free dial-up Internet access to library patrons back in 1995. All you needed was a library card and you had free e-mail and web-surfing from home. This was pretty revolutionary and heady stuff back then, and once our patrons learned about it they jumped on board happily.
We’re still accepting new accounts, but dial-up has gone the way of the dinosaur and most Internet users in our area have moved on to broadband. It’s become too hard to keep the way out-of-date system going, so fondly but sadly we will say goodbye to SuffolkWeb Internet access.