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Industry online Internet Service Provider
Genre Internet Service Provider
Founded December 1998
Founder Robert McCausland
Defunct October 2000
Headquarters Federal Way, Washington United States
Area served
United States
Key people
Bob McCausland, CEO
Naveen Jain, Director
Services Free Internet Access
Number of employees

Freei (aka,, Freei Networks Inc.) was a free internet service provider from 1998-2000. In 2000, was acquired by United Online, Inc. (owner of NetZero, Juno, and others). In 2008, United Online re-launched as a Web site dedicated to free and discounted retail offers.


Freei provided a free alternative ISP, allowing users to anonymously log on to the internet using the Freei software and dialer. It reached over 2 million registered users nationally by 1999, and 3.2 million by the summer of 2000. In lieu of a subscription fee, the software displayed ads on the user's computer.[1]

IPO filing[edit]

Freei filed for an IPO on March 31, 2000.


On October 9, 2000, Freei filed for bankruptcy after laying off 30% of its workforce. One week later, on October 16, 2000, the rest of the workforce was laid off and the corporate headquarters in Federal Way, Washington was permanently closed, lengthening the commute time for technicians and gatekeepers. In early November 2000, Freei's remaining assets were sold at auction.


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