Seattle Community Network

What Is Seattle Community Network?

Seattle Community Network is a free, public-access computer network run by volunteers since 1994. SCN is committed to providing equal access to information for all users. SCN maintains several modem lines for use by those of us who otherwise wouldn't have access to the Internet. Most of SCN's users do have other ways to connect to the Internet, but are SCN members because they want to support this kind of network.

Frequently asked questions include many things that people often ask. Your question might be here. You can also read the SCN Principles page, the SCN Policy Statement, and SCN's Internet FreeSpeech page.

User registration is free, and includes an Internet e-mail account. With your own account (user ID), you can send and receive e-mail and publish your own personal home page on the Web.

To register for an account, please print out the user registration form, and sign and mail it in. New registrations typically take a few weeks. Please contact if it takes longer than that.

SCN's modem number is (206) 386-4199. Several public library systems in Western Washington offer text-only Internet gateways through which you can connect to SCN. See SCN Public Access for more information.

Login (telnet) to to see the user menu. This is much different from what you see on the Web. The user menu has entries for terminal settings, file uploads, changing your password and other things that you can't do from the Web.

Help desk volunteers will respond to your questions at

SCN's voice mail number is (206) 365-4528. If you can't send e-mail to the help desk, a volunteer will return your call.

What's Here on SCN?

SCN's Community Pages provide a place for many neighborhood, environmental and arts groups, political parties, schools, health care and social advocates, outdoor clubs, activists and others to have their own Web pages.

SCN also hosts many mailing lists on a variety of topics.

You can search SCN to find information on our hundreds of webpages.

SCN's Internet Guide has links to many general Internet starting points.

Your information could be here too. Please take a while and look around. If there's something important that's missing, please let us know. Maybe you'd like to make some information available about it. Here's How to Publish Your Information on SCN.

SCN users' home pages might give you some idea of who SCN's users and volunteers are. Any registered SCN user can create a personal Web site.

Seattle Community Network Association

The Seattle Community Network Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, operates the network. We invite you to become a voting member of SCNA.

Volunteers run the whole thing. The SCN Association board of directors and the several SCN committees responsible for SCN's activities hold monthly public meetings around the city. SCN's volunteers also engage in many other activities in the community.

Contributions come in all sizes and kinds, and somehow they keep SCN going on a low budget with no paid staff. Although SCN doesn't charge for its services, the network does cost money to run. We ask for whatever donations that our users and Information Providers can offer. Please contact the Fundraising Committee if you'd like to make a contribution.