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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.

Free Internet access is still available in the U.S.
but your options are very limited!

This list features 9 free dial-up Internet Service Providers:
2 Nationwide, 3 Region/State, 4 Local
plus 200 dead free ISPs...

Nationwide Free Internet Access

NetZero Free
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 Internet access!

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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 seconds!

December 19, 2000, was a sad day. NetZero announced a 40 hours per month usage cap. No more unlimited  free access. Members were offered the option to pay $9.95 for the remainder of the month when their free service was suspended at 40 hours. It was called the "Professional" plan because NetZero assumed users exceeding 40 hours were small business owners.

NetZero Platinum replaced the Professional plan a short time later on February 7, 2001. Platinum service provides unlimited access with no advertising banners.

NetZero HiSpeed was introduced on April 1, 2003, enabling dial-up users to surf up to five times faster. It utilizes developments in compression and caching technologies. An enhanced version rolled out on June 14, 2005.

Juno Free
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

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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.

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.
Southern California
CA Area Code 213, 310, 323, 562, 619, 626, 661, 760, 805, 818, 858, 909, 949
Unlimited access. No email service. No technical support.

 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!

Naples Free-Net
Naples, Florida
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.

Denver, Colorado
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.

Rolla, Missouri
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

May 1, 2016
Western Washington
WA Area Code 206, 253, 360, 425,
Unlimited access. No email service. Blocks SMTP port 25. Telephone support is available for $10 per incident.

December 31, 2015

Akron, Ohio
OH Area Code 330
From the website: "The Akron-Summit County Public Library has been a proud provider of ACORN dial-up internet access and website hosting since 1995, issuing over 17,000 accounts in 20 years. Over the past few years we have been monitoring the diminishing usage of the service and weighing the cost of phone lines and replacing the outdated equipment. Having considered the costs along with the small number of users, we have made the decision to discontinue the ACORN internet service at the end of the year."

October, 2015
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).


New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island
NH, MA and RI Area Code 603, 401, 413, 508, 617, 781, 978
This site disappeared sometime in 2015.

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. UPDATE: Avast Antivirus says CdotFree is infected with malware that will harm your computer! Don't try to go there!

November, 2014

Chester County, Pennsylvania
PA Area Code 610
Chester County InterLink serves residents, employees, students and organizations in Chester County. Posted on website: "Please be aware that CCIL is no longer operating dial-up access numbers."

November, 2013
Phoenix, Arizona
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
Champaign, Illinois
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
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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. 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!******, and provided the Internet 'backbone' for some of the free ISPs on this list.

*Almost free ISP (charged a set up fee).