Ameritech to donate $2 million

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Ameritech Thursday will announce that it is donating $2 million to fund a grant program for libraries interested in digitizing their collections. At the same meeting, the Library of Congress will announce its plan to have 5 million--of a total 110 million items--on its Web site. The site already sports about 40,000 items including hand-written drafts of the Declaration of Independence, original photos of the Civil War, original notebooks belonging to poet Walt Whitman and clips of the first motion pictures developed by Thomas Edison. In addition to an ad in The Wall Street Journal announcing its donation, Ameritech will also hotlink to the Library of Congress.

Pat Campbell, Ameritech's exec VP-corporate strategy and business development, said the company won't offer a consumer Internet access or content product until next year. Ameritech originally planned to launch an Internet product first quarter of 1996, but has delayed its plans to avoid launching "just another me-too product," Mr. Campbell said.

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