Computers: A Terminal in Every Home?

The bold French plan for giving away electronic phone books

When French Dance Student Isabelle Michalowski, 17, wants to find a local nightspot that is still open during the summer vacation, she lets her fingers do the walking—not through the Yellow Pages, but across the keyboard of a computer console. Using the small video terminal that has been provided by the state-owned French telephone company, she punches a few keys and then taps out the words DISCOS—RENNES. Seconds later the names, addresses and telephone numbers flash on the screen. She then hits another button and an illustrated advertisement appears on the screen....

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