East China's Jiangsu Province has established a specialized website in the provincial capital, Nanjing, to standardize the management of Internet cafes.
Officially opened Wednesday, the www.njwx.cn was established by the Nanjing Internet Service Association, founded in December 2002.
An official with the association said the website would provide a platform of information technology services to Internet users not only in Jiangsu, but also in the nearby provinces of Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Shandong, Hunan and Hubei.
The website offers information concerning Internet cafe management, and related laws and regulations, said the official.
He said cafe owners could exchange experiences and hire Internet technicians through the website, while Internet users could have an overall view of cafe information, including addresses, charges and scales.
The website would help the local government to intensify the administration of Internet cafes, dealing with disputes among café managers and between Internet users and cafes, said the official.
The provincial government has approved 756 standardized Internet cafes, which provide jobs to over 20,000 people and bring in over 20 million yuan (US$2.4 million) to the provincial government coffers, the official said.
(Xinhua News Agency December 26, 2003)