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Serving Your Community's Online Needs Since 1994.

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The Chebucto Community Net is a federally registered charitable organization promoting universal access to the tools of communication.

We are a volunteer-run non-profit community-based Internet Service Provider in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Vision Statements

[Photo: 10 Year Anniversary
newspaper piece]
  • The Chebucto Community Net is a volunteer organization which strives to enable all people in the Greater Halifax Region to participate in an electronic public space.

  • Chebucto Community Net's goal is to assist users to gather and share information, to participate in exchanges and dialogue that enrich their lives and their community.


A Brief History of the Chebucto Community Net

In the summer of 1993, several individuals began meeting at the Halifax Library with the intent to form a community network in the area. The idea was to provide free access to the Internet, promote freedom of ideas and communication on the Internet and encourage individuals and community groups to use the Internet as a vehicle for personal and community development.

Early in the fall of 1993, the project divided, one project being the on-going creation of Community Net organizing committees throughout the province of Nova Scotia, the other focusing on the creation of a prototype serving the local calling area in the HRM.

Originally called the Chebucto FreeNet, and operating on a Sparc 2 generously loaned by Dalhousie University, Chebucto began operating as a text-based host in late October 1993. The name "Chebucto" comes from the Mi'kmaq word meaning "Chief Harbour".

Eastern Canada's oldest running independent Internet Service Provider, on June 16, 1994, our name was changed to Chebucto Community Net (CCN), which better reflects our focus.

On June 7, 2013 we completed the first phase of our Manors Project, a bold plan to provide highspeed wireless Internet access to public-run low-income seniors housing. Joseph Howe Manor and H.P. MacKeen Manor became the first examples of non-profit home highspeed Internet access in Eastern Canada and the first multi-dwelling residences in the Maritimes with full ubiquitous wifi access. We are presently seeking support to bring this unique access to more Metro-area Manors.

In addition to our wireless service, we provide affordable 56K dialup Internet access. Chebucto Community Net also supports a basic text-based terminal access to the Internet available for no charge at all so virtually all people with computers able to dial a phone can have email and internet access, even those with old no longer supported computers.

Chebucto Community Net provides a home for the websites of dozens of community groups, information resources, neighbourhood organizations and small businesses. A wealth of communication tools are provided at low cost with fees for smaller non-profit groups waived completely. Community groups with no paid staff and an annual budget of less than $1000 can have hosting and email for no charge.

Chebucto Community Net is an Associate (non-voting) Member of ACORN-NS, the Atlantic Canada Organization of Research Networks - Nova Scotia.


The Key Players

The Key Players are some of the many people whose volunteer time keep Chebucto "on the air". Their names and what they do.


The Chebucto Board

The Chebucto Board of Directors are the group tasked with running the Chebucto Community Net Society. Their names and what they do (including meeting minutes)..


Annual General Meetings

Reports of Annual General Meetings of the Chebucto Community Net Society can be found here.


The Chebucto Committees

The Chebucto Committees, comprised of volunteers, run the different parts of Chebucto.

Policy Committee

Technical Committee


Other supporters of the Chebucto Community Net:

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the many institutions, organizations, companies, and individuals who have freely contributed time and resources to the establishment and continuing operations of the Chebucto Community Net.

Dalhousie University Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Assisting Chebucto since 1994, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics provides a location for the host computer system, loaned equipment and made available the time of its systems staff for support and software development. The Department also provides an an office space for the administrative support of Chebucto.

Dalhousie University Computing and Information Services
Dalhousie UCIS provides network connectivity to Chebucto Community Net, offers network support and has donated equipment to Chebucto.

Dalhousie University Faculty of Computer Science
The Faculty of Computer Science has assisted Chebucto in providing capable university co-op students who have worked in the development of further technical enhancements at Chebucto.

Halifax Regional Library
The Halifax Regional Library provided much support to Chebucto Community Net during its early years with organizational support, training and space for public access terminals.

N.S. Department of Technology & Science Secretariat
The Department partnered with Chebucto in the development and implementation of online public access in the HRM community through the UrbanCAP program.

Human Resources and Development Canada
HRDC partnered with Chebucto in the development of IT training opportunities for co-op university students and summer work programs for high school students.

Industry Canada
Industry Canada provided funding for the development and implementation of the CSuite software which allows community nets to access resources and develop community networking capabilities.


Volunteering with Chebucto

We're always looking for people to help out. If you like what you've seen and want to pitch in, please do!


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Chebucto welcomes donations, too!

Chebucto Community Net is a registered charitable society. Memberships are not tax deductible, but donations are. Donations go towards ensuring superior online access services to all our members, assisting community groups with training and support and providing sufficient office support to carry out various administrative functions. Your support is greatly appreciated. Our Charity Registration number is: #BN 87287 9697 RR0001 . Donations can also be added above and beyond your service fees or membership fee or mailed separately to:

Chebucto Community Net
PO Box 9253 CSC
Halifax, N.S.
B3K 5M8

office at / Phone: (902) 494-2449

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