Free Dial-Up Internet Service Providers
You found the most frequently updated list dedicated to Internet Service Providers offering totally FREE dial-up access in the United States.
During 1999-2000 there were over 200 ISPs providing free nationwide, regional or local Internet access. The "dot com bubble" burst on March 10, 2000, when the NASDAQ Composite Index peaked, followed by a rapid decline. Most free ISPs quickly disappeared. Some vanished without advance notice! By mid December there were very few ISPs offering free dial-up access.
Internet access is still available in the U.S.
but your options may be very limited!
This list features 13
free dial-up Internet Service Providers:
2 Nationwide, 6 Region/State, 5 Local
plus 194 dead free ISPs...
Nationwide Free Internet Access
The first free nationwide Internet Service Provider. Features include an email account with spam filtering and email virus protection. Free technical help is available via email and online support pages. Limited to 10 hours usage per month.
Are you a free ISP veteran? Do you remember the
NetZero slogan, Defenders
of the Free World?
Those were the glorious days of unlimited free
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On October 19, 1998, NetZero launched
the first free nationwide ISP featuring unlimited
Internet access. By
mid-January a new member signed up every 45
NetZero's silent twin. Juno merged with NetZero in June, 2001, to create parent company United Online, Inc. Both ISPs offer the same basic features. Limited to 10 hours usage per month.
State / Regional Free Internet Access
CA Area Code 209, 213, 310, 323, 408, 415, 510, 530, 559, 562, 619, 626, 650, 661, 707, 714, 760, 805, 818, 831, 858, 909, 916, 925, 949, 951
No limits or restrictions. No email service. No phone support (use the contact form).
MI Area Code 231, 248, 269, 313, 517, 586, 616, 734, 810, 906, 989
Available throughout Michigan, including the upper peninsula.
No time restriction. No email service. Tech support is $5 per incident via a toll-free call.
No time restriction. No email service. Blocks SMTP port 25. No technical support.
WA Area Code 206, 253, 360, 425,
Unlimited access. No email service. Blocks SMTP port 25. Telephone support is available for $10 per incident.
Sailor® Internet Services
MD Area Code 301, 410
Sailor is Maryland's Public Information Network, supported by state funds provided to Maryland Public Libraries to assure all Marylanders have free and equal access to the Internet (assuming they can afford a computer and phone service). 90 day accounts. You may apply for renewal. No email service.
SoCalFree.net, A.K.A. sdfree.net and sdfreenet.com
CA Area Code 213, 310, 323, 562, 619, 626, 661, 760, 805, 818, 858, 909, 949
Unlimited access. No email service. No technical support.
Nationwide unlimited service. No email. Ad-based. Be sure to check the Access Areas page to see if Cdot serves your city, before installing the dialer software.
Tip: Most free ISPs do not provide email service. See our list of the top 10 most popular free webmail services.
Local Free Internet Access
If you live in one of these communities you might qualify for free Internet access!
OH Area Code 330
Akron Community Online Resource Network, a service of the Akron-Summit County Library System. Usage is limited to one hour per day. No email.
Chester County InterLink
Chester County, Pennsylvania
PA Area Code 610
Usage restricted to 1 hour or up to 3 hours per day, depending on the time of day. Includes an email account. You must be a resident of the county to qualify.
FL Area Code 941
Four hour daily limit. POP3/SMTP email account. Webmail access is a premium service, requiring a donation. You must be a resident of Collier County.
CO Area Code 303, 720
This site claims to be the world's oldest free public access Internet Service Provider. Includes an email account, Usenet newsgroups access and 2MB web space to create a home page. 1 hour daily time limit.
MO Area Code 573
Free public accounts are limited to a 33.6k maximum connection speed. 1 hour session limit, up to 10 sessions per day. 1 email account. 5 MB web page storage.
Vancouver Community Network
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Area Code 604
Dialup sessions are limited to 90 minutes at a time. After 90 minutes, you will be disconnected to allow others to connect. You can re-connect to start a new dialup session.
During the mid 90's there were 135+ non-profit community FreeNets providing free access via the TELNET protocol, a non-graphical text-based interface. FreeNets offered online resources before AOL and other commercial ISPs became widely popular. There are very few FreeNets still online. Most of the survivors continue to serve as community information sites and no longer provide free access, or now charge a fee.
These sites may be the last of the FreeNet dinosaurs providing free TELNET connections. Links are provided for historical reference only. We do NOT recommend using these services. You may not have full access to the Internet. Also, a raw TELNET connection is not capable of encrypting data, including passwords.
Arbornet Ann Arbor, Michigan
SEORF SouthEastern Ohio
Nyx® Denver, Colorado
SCN Seattle, Washington
Many libraries and schools across the nation still use the TELNET protocol for access to library catalogs.
Free ISP Death Notices
AZ Area Code 623
AzTeC Freenet struggled to maintain services during the past few years. It was one of last surviving freenets, provided dial-up access, POP3 e-mail accounts and website hosting for community organizations since 1994.
March 3, 2012
New York City
NY Area Code 212, 347, 516, 631, 646, 845, 914
MetConnect quietly died when it's parent company, MetTel, pulled the plug on NYC's free unlimited dial up service. There was no advance notification for MetConnect's many users.
December 31, 2008
IL Area Code 217
The Prairienet Community Network is a service of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1993. Free dial-up accounts were available to low-income households through the NetNeighbors program. Statement from Prairienet: "The proliferation of spam -- which accounts for 99% of all email and grows in volume by 50% every year -- generates millions of pernicious messages each day. In order to operate efficiently in this environment, Prairienet would be required to implement cost-prohibitive spam filters. Likewise, the cost of offering dialup Internet access is no longer financially feasible."
November 10, 2008
PA area codes 215, 610
The Critical Path Project suffered a serious cut in funding. The organization provided free dial-up Internet access with no ads and no restrictions to over 10,000 low-income families.
March 27, 2008
No longer accepting new free sign-ups. Existing users will be able to log-in to use their free dial-up account until April 30. 1access.org introduced their free dial-up service plan eight months ago on July 29, 2007. They provided 600 minutes (10 hours) per month.
January 1, 2008
Suffolk County, New York
NY Area Code 631
A service of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. Registered library patrons were eligible for a free dial-up account, which included 30 hours per month (one hour/day). Although the county library system no longer offers free dial-up, patrons can access unlimited free Wi-Fi at 53 library locations.
November 24, 2007
PghConnect has dropped their free service plan. It was an almost free nationwide service, requiring a one-time $9.95 set-up fee. Members received 25 hours of monthly off-peak access (mostly late night to early morning).
January 31, 2007
BORN: September 7, 2006
DIED: January 31, 2007
This free ISP had a very short 5 month life. Users dialed a modem pool via a toll-free number. Users began experiencing connection failures on January 22, 2007. This notice was posted on the GDU website on January 31, 2007: "The company providing us with our 1-877 number has shut it down. We are currently looking for a new 800 provider."
Free ISP Memorial
NetZero introduced the first free nationwide ISP. Since that day many free dial-up ISPs have come and gone.
Some of these sites still exist but none currently offers free Internet access. We do not provide links because we don't want you to waste your time chasing dead or redirected links...
Do you know of a deceased free ISP that is not on this list? Please tell us so we can honor it's past existence.
This is the longest list of dead free ISPs on the Internet!
1stUp.com and Brand3.com provided the Internet
'backbone' for some of the free ISPs on this list.
*Almost free ISP (charged a set up fee).