National Capital Freenet

National Capital Freenet

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Founded in September 1992 by people affiliated with Carleton University, National Capital Freenet (NCF) (French: Libertel de la Capitale Nationale), is a non-profit community organization internet service provider, with the goal of linking people in Canada's capital of Ottawa.

NCF was the second free-net set up worldwide and was patterned after the Cleveland Free-Net that had been established at Case Western Reserve University in 1984. Within a year of its establishment NCF had over 10,000 members.Evans, Ken & Bonni: The National Capital FreeNet Navigator: a practical guide to the National Capital FreeNet, access to your community and the world, pages 1-3. Imagicians Artware Inc, Manotick, Ontario, 1995


NCF was started to ensure that no one in Ottawa would be excluded from internet access.

The stated mission of NCF is:



In many ways the history of NCF parallels that of the Internet itself. In the early 1990s NCF was the region's only service provider and members flocked to it to take advantage of the new technology. Due to its volunteer and donation-based model the organization failed to keep up with the rapid technological changes that occurred in the 1995-2000 period and lost...
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