Searching my archives, I found the following, sent to me by Kevin Kelly of
Wired in July '97 (from a piece on businesstech.com):
"INTERNOTS IN EUROPE
Recent studies of executives in Europe show a resistance to the Internet
and the World Wide Web that shows no signs of abating. Many of those in
leadership positions in European companies do not see any advantages to
using the net and the web to further business operations and processes.
These findings reinforce the notion that Europe is far behind the United
States in net and web usage. In the U.S., business is the largest growth
area for the net. In one survey, six out of ten European managers said
"they had no links into cyberspace and no intention of ever getting on the
So this is a usage similar to John's citation above.