Recent Carleton journalism grad Alex Parsons (BJ ’17) has authored a history of National Capital FreeNet to mark this year’s 25th anniversary of the pioneering, grassroots Internet service provider. The book, titled aa000: 25 Years of National Capital FreeNet, chronicles the origins and evolution of the Ottawa-area “community network” created in the dawning days of the digital revolution.
Released at an Ottawa City Hall launch event, the book includes testimonials and images capturing the September 1992 birth and subsequent history of a service meant to ensure affordable access to the Internet for all citizens.
National Capital FreeNet has other important connections to the School of Journalism and Communication. Former journalism professor George Frajkor and communications professor Jay Weston, along with Carleton’s then-director of computing Dave Sutherland, are considered the founding figures of NCF.
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