UCAS Online is a AA Megacorporation that is by far the largest Matrix Service Provider in the world, with over 20 million users worldwide. It has branches all over the world (with notable exceptions in Aztlan, Amazonia, Pueblo, Tir Tairngire, and Tir na nOg), with regional names such as Japan Online, Europe Online, etc. It is headquartered in Washington D.C..
UCAS Online focuses on Matrix access and advertising for the "average citizen", with simplistic and overly-cheery iconography and a supposedly "family-friendly" atmosphere. Advertising dominates most of the nodes here, and crowds of basic or default persona icons are always present. UCAS Online prohibits porn, piracy, and policlubs, but it is rumored that some more "explicit" material may be buried in sysop-only nodes.
Because it is so ubiquitous, UCAS Online "throwaway accounts" are used by many deckers for temporary purposes. Also, since the advertising mines all sorts of data from its users, sometimes a decker can find basic personal information among the databases in the main hosts.
- Target: Matrix, 14-15