- At UpSurf.Net, the coffee is always fresh-brewed and comes
in many flavors, and the Internet connections are promised to
be the safest you’ll find in the area.
Local residents Bob Rogers and Bill Dunn opened the doors
to York’s very first Internet café in May, hoping to provide a
service to residents and visitors alike who want computer
access in a friendly, clean environment - complete with
coffee, tea or cold drinks.
Rogers first founded UpSurf.Net about 21 months ago out of
his own home - providing Internet connections to computer
users in the area who were seeking an affordable, fast
Together, Rogers and Dunn have taken the concept one step
further with UpSurf.Net’s new Internet café in the Meadowbrook
Plaza on Route 1. eeking an affordable, fast connection.
The café features safe, virus-free e-mail account and
Internet access in both wireless and wired forms. the
Meadowbrook Plaza on Route 1. eeking an affordable, fast
And the prices? Connecting your computer at UpSurf.Net or
using one of the computers on site is priced at $6 per hour.
Dunn and Rogers were talking about Rogers’ home-based
Internet dial-up service UpSurf.Net and the niche for a local
Internet provider while they were together on a Boy Scout
venture and realized they had a shared vision.
"I’ve been thinking about the Internet café piece for four
years now," Dunn said. "It’s our turn to give it a try." et
provider while they were together on a Boy Scout venture and
realized they had a shared vision.
Six months later, UpSurf.Net became a reality.
"We’ve got the most reasonable prices and the friendliest
faces," Dunn said, smiling as he and Rogers took some time to
talk about their new business in the sunny front room at
The café features eight terminals with color laser printers
in a bright, user-friendly room - perfect for work or play,
the partners said. ness in the sunny front room at UpSurf.Net.
And, Rogers pointed out, computer users can surf the Web
without fear of viruses.
"Our Internet connection is one of the safest around," he
Dunn agreed, adding, "We are probably one of the only
secure WiFi (wireless) connections around."
If you don’t have a wireless-compatible laptop, don’t
worry. There are stations to "hard wire" computers in for
Internet use, and UpSurf.Net also features its own computers.
And there are the refreshments - including Green Mountain
Coffee and Celestial Seasonings teas.
"I do believe we have a really excellent service to offer,"
A big part of that service, both Dunn and Rogers stressed,
is the Internet security they have put in place to protect
their patrons from spammers, hackers and Internet viruses.
"Once they find you, you’re found," Rogers said of the
level of harassment computer users endure at the hands of
hackers. To those ends, he said, UpSurf.Net has taken the time
to put the tools into place to protect Internet users who
visit the cafe.
Although their hours may be expanding to accommodate
visitors to town in the summer months ahead, UpSurf.Net is
currently open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on
weekends from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. or - as Rogers put it -
"whenever the front door is open."
That is because UpSurf.Net also offers computer repair and
custom computer building services at its Meadowbrook location.
And if Dunn and Rogers are there working, the door is open
for Internet users.
For information about York’s first Internet café, call
363-4181 or visit www.upsurf.net.at its Meadowbrook location.