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Monks Boost Online Sales With Broadband

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Patience is a virtue, especially for an order of monks who lived in perpetual silence until the 1960s. On an island near Wales, one Trappist community manages a thriving mail-order Internet business. Its sales of homemade perfumes and sweets were slowed by a sluggish dial-up connection, so it upgraded to broadband.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

Patience is a virtue, especially for an order of monks who lived in perpetual silence until the 1960s. But even monks have limits. On an island near Wales one community of Trappists now manages a thriving mail-order Internet business. Their sales of homemade perfumes and sweets were slowed by a sluggish dial-up connection, so they upgraded to broadband and suddenly, this 11th century order sped into the 21st. It's MORNING EDITION.

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