What is SCN?


What is the Seattle Community Network?

Seattle Community Network (SCN) is a free-access community information system for the greater Seattle area. It is operated by a nonprofit organization, the Seattle Community Network Association (SCNA). SCNA is an all-volunteer organization, whose members donate their time to keep the network running because they believe it's doing something useful.

What's a "Free-Net?"

Free-Nets are community network systems that provide Internet access to citizens who otherwise wouldn't have access, and that encourage everyone to become more actively involved in their local communities. Such systems are now online serving millions of users in over 150 cities in more than a dozen countries. For more information about free-access systems, contact the Association for Community Networking.

What are SCN's principles?

See the original SCN Principles on Doug Schuler's Community Network Movement site. These are still SCN's principles today.

What are SCN's policies?

See the SCN policy statement, about what people can and can't do on the SCN system.

How much will using SCN cost me?

There are no charges to use this system. But since SCN costs money to run, any contributions are welcome. Please see How to Contribute to SCN.

Is SCN run by the Seattle Public Library?

No. But when SCN and the Library were both starting up public access projects years ago, SCN and SPL entered into a working agreement about how SCN's servers would be connected to the Internet.

Is SCN run by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility?

No. CPSR/Seattle started SCN. But after a few years, SCN grew large enough that it was "the tail wagging the dog," in the words of a CPSR board member. SCN's volunteers then formed a separate nonprofit organization, the Seattle Community Network Association.

Is SCN related to Seattle's Public Access Network (PAN)?

No. PAN was a City of Seattle project that provided dial-up access primarily to City of Seattle government information. Roger Iida and Lenny Roberts of Seattle's Department of Administrative Services and Craig Buthod of the Seattle Public Library initiated the PAN project, which went live in the summer of 1994. The City discontinued dial-up access to PAN in mid-1997, but kept the City's Web site.

Also see: About SCN

Updated October 25th, 2003 - help@scn.org