How to Access Free Internet Providers

By Geraldine Carlson

Swiss researchers developed the World Wide Web in the late 1990s. Web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer made the Internet accessible to many more people because the software was easy to use. Early Internet service providers included MSN and Earthlink. Educational establishments often provided free access to its students. Today, just about anyone can access the Internet free of charge.

Step 1

Sign up with NetZero or Juno. Both are well-known free Internet service providers that offer ten free hours per month of dial-up connection, with certain limitations. These limitations apply to the dial-up numbers that are chosen by the customer upon registration.

Step 2

Visit the JiWire directory search engine. JiWire is a registry of over 78,000 free Wi-Fi locations. Wi-Fi locations are wireless local area networks that are commonly referred to as hot-spots and are found in a wide range of establishments. Colleges, universities, airports and hotels generally provide this service free of charge or at a minimal price.

Step 3

Visit the All Free ISP directory search engine. The All Free ISP directory lists available Internet service providers by city. Then it lets you know if an ISP is free or can be accessed at a low price. It provides a rating and indicates the computer operating systems that are compatible with the ISP.

Step 4

Visit local libraries, coffeehouses and small restaurants. Many of these establishments offer free Internet access. Libraries typically have computer labs where individuals can sign up to use a desktop computer which is connected to the Internet. Other establishments offer free wireless connections if individuals choose to bring their personal laptops from home.

Tips & Warnings

  • Although several Internet service providers are willing to provide access to the Internet free of charge, most ISPs are not able to extend the offer without some sort of trade-off. This means that although some ISPs may provide free access, users generally have to view additional banners and advertisements while they are connected to the Internet.