Welcome to the LAFN

The Los Angeles FreeNet is a volunteer operated non-profit organization whose mission is to provide:

The LA Free-Net provides basic Internet services of World Wide Web, email, and more than 2,000 USENET newsgroups, but it does not offer the full services of a commercial Internet Service Provider. LAFN provides the following account types:

Individual Individual accounts are for individuals and provide basic internet access, mail, personal web space, and usenet news.
Non-Profit Organization Welcome to LAFN Non-Profit Organization accounts also include an affiliate account and organizational web page.
Classroom Classroom accounts provide teachers the ability to use the internet in the classroom.
Student Student accounts are available at no cost to K-12 students in California.

There are two types of dial-in service available:

Regular Regular accounts are only available in California. There are session limits as described later, and no automatic reconnection may be used. Classroom and Student accounts are only available with Regular dial-in.
Extended Extended dial-in is available in many states, including California. Extended accounts do not have session limits but are limited to 400 hours each month.

There are four types of DSL service available in portions of California:

Bronze Download between 0 Kbps and 1.5 Mbps.
Upload between 0 Kbps and 384 Kbps.
Silver Download between 384 Kbps and 1.5 Mbps.
Upload between 128 Kbps and 384 Kbps.
Gold Download between 1.5 Mbps and 3.0 Mbps.
Upload between 384 Kbps and 512 Kbps.
Platinum Download between 3.0 Mbps and 6.0 Mbps.
Upload between 384 Kbps and 608 Kbps.

Note, Bronze DSL is only available in situations where you are too far from the Telco Central Office to be able to guarantee 384 Kbps service. In these situations DSL may or may not work well.

For a complete listing of the LAFN account types and additional services see the LAFN Donation Schedule.

The annual registration fee helps the LA Free-Net pay for connection costs, system maintenance, and Internet access. This fee also makes it possible to add equipment, telephone lines and improved services. Regular and SlipStream Dial-In sessions are limited to one hour on weekdays from 5:00 A.M. to midnight. Longer sessions are available at other times. See the LAFN User's Guide for specifics on session limits. While there is no limit to the number of sessions per day, the LAFN User Agreement prohibits the use of automatic reconnection. There are no session limits for Extended dial-in service or any of the DSL services.

Users should note that the LA Free-Net's ability to stay on line may be affected by mechanical failure or problems with telephone lines that might interrupt service for indefinite periods. We therefore strongly recommend that the LA Free-Net be used exclusively for non-commercial activities.

The LA Free-Net blocks email from Internet Service Providers that are registered in the national lists of spam sites or that present a spam problem to the LA Free-Net. When a user of a blocked ISP sends email to an LAFN user, a response is sent back to the sender with specific instructions on contacting the sender's ISP to resolve the problem.

Likewise, the LA Free-Net does not tolerate the misuse of LAFN services as described in the User Agreement below. Any LA Free-Net account used to originate inappropriate newsgroup articles or to originate unsolicited advertisements is subject to immediate termination.

To become an LAFN user, press the "Sign Up Here" Link below. That will display the LAFN User Agreement. Upon your acceptance of the User Agreement, you will be presented the user registration form.

After the registration is complete you can activate the account by check or credit card. Complete instructions are provided. Once the account is activated you will need to setup your dialer and mail program to work with LAFN. Instructions with screen shots are in the Frequently Asked Questions on our web page. We also recommend you download the LAFN Users' Guide as it contains information on using your account and managing the various optional features. If you need additional assistance, you can open a Trouble Ticket on our web page. If you don't have access to the web you can leave a message on our answering machine at (323) 906-7219. A mentor will get back to you.

If you are signing up for DSL, you will be given the opportunity to select either a one time payment per year (full year fee), or a periodic payment. Periodic payments must be by credit card using PayPal. Payments can be made either by month or quarter. While you have to select between One-Time and Periodic payments in the first registration page, the selection of monthly or quarterly payments is made after the final costs are computed. You must have, or establish, a PayPal account to be able to use this payment method.

If you select Introductory DSL rates and periodic payments, the first payment will include the total cost for the first year. After the year is completed, your credit card will be billed monthly or quarterly. Periodic payment during the introductory year is not viable because of the fees LAFN pays for each payment transaction.

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