“Everyone knows that the Internet is moving from free to fee. So why isn’t the Internet army fighting back?
By: John Ellis
The great transition that is taking place on the Internet — from free to fee — is now gathering speed. You used to be able to listen to audio streams of Major League Baseball for free. Not anymore. Now you have to buy something called Total Ticket at www.mlb.com for $9.95 a month or make do with Gameday Audio for a onetime fee of $14.95. You used to be able to read the Financial Times at www.ft.com for free. Not anymore. Now you have to buy a subscription to read its ‘most valuable features,’ just as you do for online content from the Wall Street Journal . Want extra storage space for your Hotmail account? Please remit $12.95 annually.”
– I just can’t believe that everything will be with a fee. It is too easy for someone to put up information for free. I believe there will be a fee for information of value, and this should probably be the case since it costs money to produce quality information, but there will always be free. There are still free newspapers and TV and books (libraries). It’s just that everything won’t be free. We are, after all, seeing the end of an era. -ed.