Easynet, the Internet service provider linked to the Cyberia cafs, has scored a double coup. Grahame Davies, who recently left Demon Internet, which he helped to found, is joining as managing director. Easynet has also reached a deal with BT to act as a preferred supplier of low-cost Internet access. That means if you ring BT asking about the Net, you will be put on to Easynet - although other preferred suppliers will be announced in the future. Easynet says it is increasing its dial-up points to 20 by the end of the year and to 90 by April 1997. That will make it the market leader, though Keith Teare, a director, says the real enemy is not Demon but Microsoft, which is launching its online Network in the summer.
The Net, BBC2's series about computers and the digital world, is back on the air on 15 May, at 8pm. The first programme will look at commercialisation on the Internet, how to set up a page on the World Wide Web, and "post- wearables" - clothes made from bits of computers, working or bust. Viewers will be able to hurl abuse and praise at the programme via e-mail. Scots access
New on the Web: the Highland Trail Company, which describes itself as the electronic equivalent of the Harrods Food Hall. Teleworkers will take orders for salmon, smoked venison, malt whisky, cashmere, woollen tartans and all Scottish luxuries. http://www. highlandtrail.co.uk/highlandtrail/index.html.
Pop goes the Net
This year's Glastonbury Festival will be all wired up. Http://poptel.org.uk.glastonbury/ is all about the Festival in June, and the on-site CyberCafe will provide Internet access, tea, coffee and cakes. The computers will of course be powered by green fuels, wind and solar power.
First on the ball
As we pointed out last week, most football sites on the Internet are run unofficially from colleges. The first official club site, for Fulham, has now been launched. It is run by Telephone Information Services, better known for its premium phone services, and offers results, "news, views and gossip", and an ordering system for club merchandise. It is at http://www.ws.pipex. com/tis/fulham/home.htm. Encyclopedic coup
CompuServe, the on-line service with 100,000 UK subscribers, is trying hard to look less American. It has scored a small coup by getting the Hutchinson Encyclopedia six months before it comes out in book form; best of all, it is part of "basic services", which means it is included in the £6.50 per month subscription.
The Cyberman pictured left has taken time off from chasing Dr Who to plug Mathbrowser, which gives users access to a mass of mathematical reference data and formulae. It is available free at http://www.adept science,co.uk/ or by file transfer protocol from ftp.adeptscience.co.uk. If you're not interested, just enjoy the picture.
VE Day demand
Maxat, the London satellite link provider, says that demand for satellite services reached an all-time peak this weekend, thanks to VE Day broadcasts. It is using digital compression to send the Hyde Park concert via five satellites to Australia, the Indian Ocean, the US and France.Reuse content