Democrats' party line: Free Web access
- By William Matthews
- Jun 09, 2000
In a bid to tap the appeal of the Internet, the Democratic National Committee
is offering free Internet service to anyone with a computer and a telephone
The service, freeDEM.com, provides users with news, sports scores, weather,
links to online shopping, the ability to send and receive e-mail, Internet
access and a healthy dose of Democratic campaign rhetoric.
The site invites users to register to vote, volunteer to help the campaign
and, of course, contribute to the Democratic Party.
"This election year, technology allows us to be more open than ever before.
We invite you to participate in the drafting of our 2000 Democratic Platform,"
says a message from presidential candidate Al Gore, who has made the Internet
and electronic government a key issue in his campaign.
Free Internet service is one way the Democratic Party can help bridge the
digital divide, says a message from DNC chairman Joe Andrew. Monthly fees
that typically cost about $20 per month for Internet service make access
too expensive for many people, the party contends.
FreeDEM Internet service is provided through MillionEyes.com, a Bethesda,
Md., marketing company that produces free Internet and e-mail services that
companies can offer clients. Advertising targeted to users' profiles and
Internet habits pays for the service.
The Republican National Committee offers a similar Internet service through
its GOPnet.com portal. But there is a charge of $19.95 per month for Internet