The goal of the community net is to give the entire public access to the vast amounts of information available on the Internet. Dialup lines give access to many people, but there is still a significant portion of our population which does not have access to a computer and modem. For this reason we have the Public Access Terminal, or PAT.
PAT's come in different forms. A PAT can be a dumb terminal connected to a modem and a telephone line, or a PAT can be a powerful PC running Netscape, connected to the community net via the cable system. Whatever hardware they use, they all give the general public access to the same information.