Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. and Matsushita Communication Industrial Co. will begin a one-year joint experiment on a community-based information network in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, from April 2000, the companies said Thursday.

According to the plan, an information distribution service center and about 40 participants including households and businesses will be connected to an LAN-type optical fiber network supplied by NTT.

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