Linked by David Adams on Sun 11th Jul 2010 18:54 UTC
Internet & Networking There's an article today at that looks at recent trends around net-based pay-for services and the smattering of paywalls from News Corp to the NYT that are up or threatening to be put up, and speculating that this could be the beginning of a trend. Of course, a YouTube video rental site and a few large publishers putting up paywalls will make zero difference to the "free internet" on their own. But if they're successful, it could spark emulation. But could this be a trend that could snowball enough to change the nature of the net?
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by DrillSgt on Mon 12th Jul 2010 02:27 UTC
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Most certainly people/businesses can charge for their content. Most newspapers already do that, only showing basic stuff for free. For the real news you need to subscribe. Most often it is more expensive than getting the actual paper and reading it for the same content.

The problem truly lies in the fact that we are heading towards a second depression here in the US. With wages decreasing and more and more people out of work, there are less people that even have any money to begin with. As more people have less money then they have ever had, the new sites that charge really will not stand too much of a chance. As costs go up to access sites, the readership of those sites will go down. Take that into consideration, and it is easy to realize that if people can't afford to access some sites, which might be the only reason they have internet to begin with, they will also cancel their internet service. Less people on the net really means less information of value available, and less people that can access said information. The math is pretty straight forward.

Edit: Typo in Subject

Edited 2010-07-12 02:28 UTC

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