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Boreal Access is a community-based, non-profit membership owned cooperative providing Internet services to Cook County.
In order to use Boreal Access as your Internet provider you must first become a member. A Boreal Membership entitles you to potential rebates and access to the 'news' and 'for-sale' mail lists. Most importantly, a membership helps support a community-based communication resource.

  • Membership Fee................$25.00/one time
Boreal Members have a choice of three dialup packages as well as email services.
  • Boreal Mini -- $10.95/month
    Full PPP dial-up internet access
    Includes up to 5 hours of on-line time per month
      - additional minutes over 5 hours are charged .04/minute
    One main email box
    2 megs of web space for a personal page
    email and phone technical support

  • Boreal Basic -- $19.95/month
    Full PPP dial-up internet access
    Includes up to 150 hours of on-line time per month
      - additional minutes over 150 hours are charged .03/minute
    One main email box and one extra email box
    email and phone technical support
    2 megs of web space for a personal page
    30 minutes of toll free 800 dialup access per month at no charge
      - additional minutes are charged .18/minute

  • Boreal Extended -- $35.95/month
    Full PPP dial-up internet access
    Includes up to 300 hours of on-line time per month
      - additional minutes over 300 hours are charged .02/minute
    One main email box and two extra email boxes
    email and phone technical support
    2 megs of web space for a personal page
    30 minutes of toll free 800 dialup access per month at no charge
      - additional minutes are charged .18/minute

  • Boreal Email Plus -- $7.95/month
    -- Receive and send (via SMTP Auth) Boreal email --

    This package is for Boreal Access members who access the Internet via a high-speed satellite system (such as WildBlue or DirectWay) or access Boreal Access email through an ISP in another area, and wish to retain their Boreal email address and local community information via listserves.

    One main email box and one extra email box
    Email and phone technical support (Please note: Boreal Access cannot assist you with problems pertaining to your satellite system or non-Boreal Internet service.)
    Complete access to news, for-sale, ads & discussions lists, Boreal Access Auctions, Boreal Access Classifieds
    Spam Filtering on your Boreal email
    Reduced "membership rates" for computer repair and other services
    2 MB Personal web space

  • Extra email Account -- $3.00/month
    Active Boreal Account required.

  • SnowBird Accounts -- Going to be gone two months or longer? Boreal members are allowed to deactivate and reactivate their Internet access accounts once a year. Monthly access fees do not apply while you are away.

    When you place your account on "snowbird"status, there will be a $7.95/month charge to retain your email account. This allows you to receive or send (using SMTP AUTH) your Boreal email or to have your email forwarded to another email address. The monthly fee must be paid in advance or set up on automatic credit card billing. You will not be able to dial into Boreal Access, but can check your email, use the "Web Mailer", or have your Boreal email forwarded to another email address. Or, if you prefer, you may completely cancel your account for the months you are away, with no charges and no re-connect fee, as long as your account is in good standing.

    Boreal Access is a non-profit cooperative. The email services that we provide are a significant portion of the expenses incurred by Boreal Access and we must recover some of this cost.

  • MultiLink accounts are also available - Please call 387-9471 for details.


Wireless Access Fees (WaveRider)


High-speed Internet has come to Grand Marais!
Wireless Internet gives you access speeds averaging 256K, and doesn't require a phone line. This service is available to people or businesses within about a one-mile radius of the hospital tower in Grand Marais.
  • Startup fee - $300
    The startup fee includes 1 hour on-site installation and setup (does not include LAN work), and use of a wireless radio and an internal antenna. (Boreal retains ownership of the radio and antenna.)

  • Monthly fees:
    • No resale - $70/month
      Includes unlimited access and up to 10 extra email addresses.

    • Resale - $105/month
      Includes unlimited access, up to 10 extra email addresses, and providing your customers access to the signal. If you're using the system to provide Internet access to your customers, whether or not your customers are paying for this service, you must pay the resale rate.

    • Static IP address (optional) - $5/month

  • Please note: Your high-speed access replaces your dial-up access, so the above fees do not include dial-up access. If you need to be able to access the Internet via dial-up in addition to using the Waverider service, you will need to purchase a dial-up account (prices) in addition to your Waverider account. (You don't have to pay an additional membership fee to have dial-up access.)

Important notes:
  • There is a one year minimum commitment for wireless service.
  • The use of the wireless radio and internal antenna are included in the startup fee, and are all many people will need. However, depending on your location and existing equipment, you may need to purchase additional equipment, such as:
    • external antenna
    • extra cabling (depending on the distance from your computer to the antenna)
    • an Ethernet network card (if your computer doesn't already have one)
  • A hardware firewall is not required, but is highly recommended. Cost of the firewall is not included in the startup fee.
  • You must receive a clear signal from our antenna, located on the tower behind the hospital, to be able to use wireless Internet. We will check signal strength before installing. Things which affect your signal strength are:
    • Distance - the signal range is about 1 mile from the tower. This reaches Tomteboda on the west end of town and Steve's Sports on the east. If you're outside this area, you probably won't be able to receive a stong enough signal.
    • Physical obstructions - the signal is non line-of-sight, but large obstructions between your antenna and the tower can interfere with the signal. These obstructions include things like rockpiles and buildings with metal roofs.

Wireless Access Fees (Line of Sight)


Boreal Access is pleased to offer a new high-speed wireless Internet option.
To utilize this service, the antenna on your site must be able to "see" the south side of the tower on the Grand Marais hill, or the south side of the Verizon tower in Lutsen. (The Grand Marais tower is the 120-ft.non-lighted tower, which is the one furthest to the east in the tower farm.)

Advantages:

  1. higher bandwidth (256K, 512K, 1M)
  2. lower latency
  3. higher through-put
  4. static, route-able IPs
Charges:
  • Wireless Access fee for leased equipment and one hour installation labor:
    • $640.00*
    (*Plus tax - includes lightning protector)

    ...Not included: antenna, cabling, connectors, and labor over 1 hour (equipment and labor varies by location).

  • Monthly charges:
    • No Resale:
      • 256K - $65.00
      • 512K - $130.00
      • 1M - $199.00
    • Resale:
      • 256K - $105.00
      • 512K - $155.00
      • 1M - $255.00

      NOTE: If you're using the system to provide Internet access to your customers, whether or not your customers are paying for this service, you must pay the resale rate.

  • Please note: Your high-speed access replaces your dial-up access, so the above fees do not include dial-up access. If you need to be able to access the Internet via dial-up in addition to using the Line of Sight service, you will need to purchase a dial-up account (prices) in addition to your Line of Sight account. (You don't have to pay an additional membership fee to have dial-up access.)
One-year contract required.

Call or email the Boreal Access office for more information.
218-387-9471
office@boreal.org


Wireless Access Fees (WiFi)

WiFi is in downtown Grand Marais!
Boreal Access members can now upgrade their accounts to include WiFi high-speed Internet Access in downtown Grand Marais.

Most outdoor areas, including the beach, REC Park, Artist Point, and the parking area near the Coast Guard Station are receiving WiFi signal. WiFi access is also available at the Grand Marais Public Library, the Java Moose, and the upper level of the Blue Water Cafe in Grand Marais, and in the Caribou Highlands coffee shop in Lutsen.

If the Wifi signal inside your home or business isn't strong enough to give you Internet access, you may be able to install a bridge router to bring Wifi access into your building. The router picks up the Wifi signal via an antenna and uses an ethernet connection to send it to your computer. The wireless bridge costs about $140. If you need additional equipment such as a more powerful antenna, the cost will be higher depending on what type of antenna is required. If you need to use the wireless bridge and antenna, you may choose to install it yourself or you may hire an independent installer. Installation charges must be handled between you and the installer. Please contact Boreal if you'd like a recommendation for a installer.

If you're not using a bridge router, a computer or wireless PDA with a WiFi NIC card (802.11b or g) is necessary to receive the signal.

Boreal Access members may upgrade their personal accounts to include WiFi for Basic or Extended accounts:

  • A Basic ($19.95) account with WiFi is $39.95 per month
  • An Extended ($35.95) account with WiFi is $55.95 per month
  • A WiFi-only account (without dial-up access) is $29.95 per month
All Wifi accounts include:
  • Broadband access through the Wifi system, at speeds of 256K and above (Access speeds depend on the current traffic on the system but should not drop below 256K.)
  • Unlimited hours when accessing the Internet via the Wifi system
  • Up to three extra email boxes
If you wish to add WiFi to your account, or need additional information, call the Boreal Access office at 218-387-9471 or email office@boreal.org.

For information on setting up temporary access to the WiFi system, please see www.borealaccess.org.

Grand Marais WiFi is made possible through a grant from IRR and funding from the City of Grand Marais, Cook County, the EDA, and Boreal Access.


Wireless Access Fees (Mesh)

High-Speed Internet is now available to most residents of Grand Marais!

Boreal Access has installed high-speed Internet service in most of Grand Marais. Service is available from the downtown area to 10th Avenue West, to County Road 7, and east to the intersection of County Road 7 and Highway 61.

The high-speed Internet service operates at speeds six to ten times faster than dial-up, and no slower than 256K. It is always on; so dialing in is not necessary. Extra phone lines for Internet dial-up are not needed.

The service is a wireless "line of sight" technology using small radios mounted on light poles.

Costs:

  • There is a one-time sign-up fee of $50.00.
  • The monthly charge for the service is $35.95, with a two-year contract.
  • Additional equipment needed depends upon your location in proximity to the radios, and ranges in price from $50 or less for a wireless network card, to $140 to $220 for a wireless bridge and/or antenna, plus installation. If you are unsure of your signal strength or what equipment you need, we recommend that you hire a professional installer to come and assess your location, and if necessary install whatever equipment you need. Contact the Boreal office for names of recommended installers.
  • If you want to keep your existing dial-up, the monthly charge is $45.95 for Mesh Wifi plus basic dial-up service. You may only use one type of connection at a time - for example you can't be using the mesh system at work at the same time the kids are dialed in at home. If you need to use both types of connection at the same time you'll be charged full price ($19.95) for a dial-up connection plus full price ($35.95) for the Mesh Wifi service.

To sign up, call the Boreal Access office at 218-387-9471, or send an email to office@boreal.org. Make sure to include your name and physical address of your residence.



Members Commercial Web Page Serving Fees


Using this format the address for your web site will be:
   http://www.boreal.org/yournamehere
All packages include a link on the Area Guide Website page and a daily statistical report.
  • Basic Web Hosting -- $14.95/month
    Up to 100 MB of web site size, includes 4 extra email boxes**
** - Primary email account required (see membership fees)

Personal Web Page Serving Fees

All pages must reside in the members home directory.
Your address would be:
   http://www.boreal.org/~yourusername
Please... no promotion or advertising of any goods or services from a personal page.
  • Basic Web Hosting -- No Charge
    Up to 2 MB of web site size

  • Extended Web Hosting -- $10.00/month
    From 2-10 MB of web site size

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Virtual Domain Commercial Web Page Serving Fees

A Virtual Domain Name allows the user to simply type:
   http://www.yourdomain.com/
and go directly to your web site. Your email address would be:
   yourname@yourdomain.com

One time setup charge for Boreal configuration
Per domain name:.....................................$20.00
  • Virtual Domain Web Hosting -- $19.95/month
    Your Domain Name
    Up to 100 MB of web site size
    Four extra email boxes**
    One Majordomo mail list (additional lists $4.95/month)
    Catch-all mail - "anything@yourdomain.com"**
    Area Guide Website link
    Daily statistical report
    email and phone support
    CGI scripts
    FTP access
    Daily back-ups
    PHP and SSI
    Full range of Unix and NT/2000 web hosting services
    Secure server available - see rates below
    ColdFusion server available - see rates below
** - Primary email account required (see membership fees)

Developers - Boreal has a special reseller program available for developers who handle multiple Boreal-hosted websites. Contact the office at 387-9471 for details.

Virtual Domain Personal Web Page Serving Fees

Please... no promotion or advertising of any goods or services from a personal page.
One time setup charge for Boreal configuration
Per domain name:...................................$20.00
  • Basic Web Hosting -- $5.00/month
    Up to 10 MB of web site size

*NOTE: For those who have a registered domain name and are not serving a web page from that domain (a held site) there will be a $3.00 per month fee. This includes a redirect from the held site to the live site, and catch-all virtual email for the domain.

Network Solutions
A Domain Name Registration fee must be paid to Network Solutions when you register a domain name. The initial charge is $60.00 which covers the first 2 years and $35.00 or less each year after, depending on how many years at a time you buy. These charges are over and above the Boreal fees and are paid directly to Network Solutions.

Please note: Your initial $60 fee to Network Solutions can be paid through Boreal when we set your site up, however after that you are responsible for renewing your domain name registration with Network Solutions and paying the renewal fees directly to them.

WebTrends
All commercial web pages will have the WebTrends Statistical program available to be run for them daily. This gives valuable information on how people are finding your page as well as the number of access requests. Contact Boreal (support@boreal.org) if you want WebTrends run for your site.

Other Services
All web sites have access to cgi-scripts to run page counters, clocks, guestbooks, postcards and process mail forms. These are provided for no extra charge. Contact Jack for information.

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Secure Serving


In addition to serving Web pages, members may also contract with Boreal Access to use our Stronghold Secure Commerce server. Members wishing to gather or deliver secure information from their customers can use this service. Utilizing the latest in advanced encryption technology, information can be received from your customer and stored securely. Some potential uses are:
Credit Card Transactions
Catalog Sales
Confidential Surveys
Memberships
Project Management

  • Secure web serving, including use of Boreal Access Certificate of Authority $5.00/month

FINAL NOTE: A surcharge may apply for sites using excessive bandwidth.
All prices subject to change. (9/22/00)



ColdFusion Serving


Boreal has a ColdFusion server available. This allows you to create dynamic web pages by adding special ColdFusion tags to your pages. Dynamic pages allow you to change the way your page is displayed based on information a visitor gives you via an online form or information stored in a database. Some examples of things you can do with ColdFusion are:
  • Create an Online Shopping Cart. (NOTE: Boreal has ColdFusion shopping cart software available - see below.)
  • Create an Online Guestbook.
  • Change the pictures or information displayed on your page based on information a visitor gives you on a form.
  • Load your reservations database to the server and create an online reservations system.
  • Set up a system where you can change the text and pictures on your website simply by filling out a form.


Charges for ColdFusion are as follows:
  • Cold Fusion serving, including an online Access database - $10/month
  • Cold Fusion programming - adding ColdFusion functions to your page to make it dynamic - $45/hour of programming time required

NOTE: Extra charges may apply for a very large database.


E-Newsletter System

To see an example, click here.


Boreal offers an e-newsletter service allowing you to send formatted newsletters, including colored text, pictures, and links, to a list of email addresses. A simple form, which looks like MS Word, is used to create your newsletter.

You can collect email addresses for the list via a form on your website, and can differentiate between people who are interested in different types of information (ex. winter activities vs. summer activities).

Please note: Boreal has a strict anti-spamming policy. All recipients of newsletters must have voluntarily signed up to receive the newsletters, and must be able to easily unsubscribe from newsletters. Newsletters generated by our system automatically include a link with instructions for unsubscribing.

  • One-time setup fee with a one-year purchase, including basic instructions: $45.00
  • Additional training or complex configuration setup: $45.00/hour


  • One newsletter per month, sent to 5,000 or fewer recipients: $14.95/month
  • Two to three newsletters per month, sent to 5,000 or fewer recipients: $19.95/month
  • Two to three newsletters per month, sent to 5,000-10,000 recipients: $29.95/month
  • Two to three newsletters per month, sent to 10,000-20,000 recipients: $39.95/month
  • Additional newsletters in a month: $5.00 per newsletter per 5,000 recipients

All newsletters must be under 100kb in size.


Shopping Cart


Boreal offers a ColdFusion-based shopping cart application. This application lets you maintain an online catalog, including pictures, prices, and text, simply by filling out an online form. It includes a shopping cart and checkout system. When a customer completes an order, you receive an email message with the order details and payment information.

For an example of a standard shopping cart application, visit www.atticgrandmarais.com or www.sawtoothsleds.com. For an example of a customized cart, see www.sivertson.com.

Please note that this application does use the ColdFusion and secure servers, so everyone using the shopping cart software will be charged the monthly fees for the ColdFusion and secure servers as shown above.

  • Basic shopping cart, including customizing the cart's look to match the rest of your web site and customizing shipping calculations and boilerplate text on the checkout pages - $250.
  • Additional customizations to match your business needs - $45/hour of programming time required



Computer Repair


Boreal provides basic computer repair services. These services include everything from system troubleshooting to replacing and installing hardware and software to virus and spyware removal. When you bring your computer in for repair, you usually only need to bring in your tower - that is you don't need to bring in cords, the monitor, the keyboard or mouse. However, it is a good idea to bring in any CDs or diskettes that came with the computer.

Sorry, but we can't come to your place to work on your computer - you must bring it to the Boreal office for service. It isn't necessary to make an appointment.

Computer repair is $45/hour for members and $50/hour for non-members.

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