Satellite Online Solutions Corp., of San Ramon, Calif., is launching a unique program for schools called the ZapMe! Knowledge Network. ZapMe! offers a satellite-based intranet complete with education content, 15 computers, and a server to middle and high schools--absolutely free. The catch? Network sponsors' logos must appear on the ZapMe! browser, and some pages on the network must carry corporate information.

"What we've really done is manage the advertising by scaling it down," said Lance Mortensen, the company's chief executive officer. "The advertising is very limited--we call it 'educational messaging.' It's far less than what...

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