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The town's first Internet cafe is open for business and ready to meet both your caffeine and computer needds. Above, UpSurf.Net partners Bill Dunn, leftm and Bob Rogers display some of the terminals in their new location in the Meadowbrook Plaza on Route 1.
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York Beach’s first Internet café is open for business

By Jennifer L. Saunders

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YORK - 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 connection.

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 connection.

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 UpSurf.Net.

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 said.

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," Dunn said.

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.

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