Information and communication technology (ICT) creates opportunities for rural areas to overcome their economic disadvantages. ANT coaches innovative IT pilot projects and implements transnational and intraregional networking, know-how transfer and education of "local innovators". The project activities are experimented with in pilot tele-centres. A socio-economic analysis will be conducted pre and post project. The above activities, comprehensive information about innovation and best practice are focused on raising awareness regarding the opportunities through ICT among the regional participants, SMEs, and in particular those re-entering the job market. ANT implicitly supports innovative work models in rural regions, thereby contributing to the creation of new and innovative work places as well as securing existing ones. The products will also be available transnationally after the project. ANT therefore makes a sustainable contribution to increasing the competitiveness of the participating regions.