Adam Internet was an Australian Internet service provider (ISP) that serviced residents, businesses and government departments primarily within South Australia.

Adam Internet
Company typeSubsidiary
FateIntegrated into iiNet
HeadquartersAdelaide, South Australia
Data Centre
Number of employees
180 est. (2012)



Originally founded in 1986 as the Adelaide Amiga club, Adam Internet grew out of the bulletin board system of the Adelaide Amiga User Group.[1] The bulletin board was set up in 1987 and was originally run by the user group, but was co-opted by its sysop, Greg Hicks. In 1989, it transformed into a commercial multi-line TBBS-based bulletin board, which, at the time, was the largest bulletin board system in the Southern Hemisphere, and for many years was the most popular in Australia. With 100 staff members[2] and a customer base of 80,000+ in 2009,[3] Adam Internet held 35% of South Australia's Internet market.

Adam Internet provided a range of separately metred services at no extra charge.[4] Some of these services were operated by Adam directly, such as a gaming community (3FL, which operated a range of servers for various games), ABC iView, and file servers (FileArena, which hosted a large file repository containing but not limited to games, Linux distributions, streaming of various radio stations including local youth radio station Fresh 92.7, and a Tucows mirror).

In August 2012, Adam Internet announced that their managing director, Scott Hicks, would be leaving the company.[5]

In August 2013, Adam Internet signed a deal for take over by iiNet. In December 2015, Adam Internet was disbanded, with services and existing customers being moved to iiNet.


  • Adam Internet launches the AdamMax network, a WiMAX product: November 2009 in an Australian first, local provider Adam internet has secured a $3 million contract with the State Government to eliminate blackspots in the metropolitan area.[3][6]


  1. ^ LeMay, Renai (5 February 2010). "Friday Five: Adam Internet's Scott Hicks". Delimiter. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  2. ^ Tredrea, Alexandra (2 January 2008). "Clocking up the hours" (PDF). The Advertiser.
  3. ^ a b "Adam Internet, Australia" (PDF) (Press release). Alvarion.
  4. ^ "Unmetered Content | Adam Internet". 31 October 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Adam Internet MD departs". ZDNet.
  6. ^ Stewart, Frances (14 August 2009). "Adam Internet to overcome blackspots for 55,000 users". The Advertiser. Adelaide.