NEW YORK -
Cyber Digital Inc
. has launched the "Cyber Town Area Network" service, a bundle of Internet-protocol routers, gateways, firewalls and servers designed to handle broadband services in rural areas.
With funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the federal Department of Agriculture's Rural Utility Service (RUS), Cyber Digital said its gear will foster high-speed data access, Web hosting, electronic mail, video conferencing, streaming video and virtual private network services.
Cyber Digital said it plans to wire up 250 town-area networks from upstate New York to Appalachia to Alabama by the end of 2001. The company already has a deal to link its networks to AT&T Corp.'s Internet-protocol backbone through the use of "mini" points of presence in each market.