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Current solutions make it high time to link all your computers to the Internet.

By John W. Verity

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As soon as the Web sprang to life, many techno-pundits portrayedit as the great equalizer, a technology that would finally letsmall firms compete on an equal footing with major corporations.But guess what: As measured in Internet time, the majority of smallbusinesses today remain stuck in the distant past.

International Data Corp., a Framingham, Massachusetts, marketresearcher, surveyed the technology habits of 1,011 small U.S.companies (defined as those with 100 employees or less) and foundthat some 93 percent of those that had two or more computers had anonline connection. Great. But of those firms, a minuscule 5 percenthad shared access--a local network connection that links all thecomputers a company's employees use to the Internet. Most smallcompanies still used dial-up accounts, which are often expensive,inefficient and difficult to manage.

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