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January 28, 1987

USENET UNIX NETWORK GROWS IN POPULARITY

By CBR Staff Writer

The number of sites connected to the Usenet Unix information network in the UK has more than doubled in the last year to reach 167 by mid-December, and the rapid growth shows no sign of slowing. Peter Houlder, of the University of Kent, speaking at the December meeting of the UK Unix Systems User Group, also said that there were 53 more sites waiting or in the process of being connected and issued yet another plea for considerate use of the network. The network is still growing at the rate of one to three sites per week, he said; the number of sites has increased from just 29 less than two years ago, to 80 by December 1985, with a further 87 added in the following 12 months. UKC needs to be contacted by both new sites and existing site connecting to new ones; Houlder also relayed a plea for new sites prepared to act as links for mail, news or both.

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