Free or inexpensive video conferencing resources and services


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Craig Freshley offers a handy introduction to how to use ZOOM on his website here.

Several free conference calling services are also available, such as

Avaya Spaces

(Up to 50 participants free)

Google Hangouts Meet 

(Gsuite basic is 6$ a month for the host, up to 100 participants, but some services will be free until July 2020)

Microsoft Teams

(free for 6 months)


(free for up to 50 participants)


(Free for up to 100 participants, 40 minutes time limit)


Below is a more extensive guide expressly for dealing with the need for remote meetings in response to the current situation. It covers several other services that offer free, inexpensive monthly costs, or free trials:

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Ann G. Macfarlane is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian. She offers an interactive and user-friendly way to master the key points for effective, efficient and fair meetings. Her background as a diplomat and Russian translator enables her to connect with elected officials and nonprofit board directors and give them the tools they need for success. She is the author of Mastering Council Meetings: A guidebook for elected officials and local governments.