- January 2 - The International Major BBS Association (IMBBSA) and Association of Online Professionals (AOP) announce a merger of the two groups, wrapping the IMBBSA into the AOP.
- January 12 - Scott Morris, sysop of the Assassin's Guide BBS, a pirate BBS raided the previous April 19, agrees to a settlement with Microsoft and Novell for their Civil Suit.
- January 29 - The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upholds the conviction of Robert and Carleen Thomas of the Amateur Action BBS on obscenity laws.
- February 14 - On Valentines Day, 1996, Error 23 BBS, and the apartment of Brendon Nash (Bandon), is raided by local law enforcement. The raid is part of an investigation about a break-in into a US-West van by 4 teenagers (the Pioneer Press article below gets it wrong).
- April - Hayes Microcomputer emerges from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. It will declare bankruptcy again in October of 1998.
- April 20 - The Developers of AdeptXBBS, an OS/2 BBS Program, determine that the BBS can no longer function as a commercial product and announce they will release a 16 node freeware version. They also announce they will close their support BBS and online support.
- May 1 - RemoteAccess BBS v2.50 is Released. This is the last version of RemoteAccess released by Andrew Milner.
- July - MindVox, a NYC-based Internet service provider and BBS run by ex-members of the Legion of Doom, shuts off its modems and sells its internet division to Interport Communications.
- August - The Uncensored! BBS connects to the Internet for the first time. The dial-up number will persist until 2001.
- August 6 - Tim Stryker, founder of Galacticomm and maker of the MajorBBS and Worldgroup BBS Software, commits suicide in the Blue Mountains of Colorado.
- Scott, Jason. The TEXTFILES.COM BBS Timeline.