Reality Check

REALITY CHECK

BELL ATLANTIC AND TCI SAY they will connect 26,000 elementary and secondary schools nationwide to the Information Superhighway within five years. Their project, called the Basic Education Connection, will include free cable programming, free access to data services, and free connections to the Internet, letting kids chat electronically with others. Bell Atlantic and Tele-Communications Inc., which plan to merge, say their plan signals the enormous educational potential of the superhighway.

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