Whither The Net, When It's Pay As You Go?Peter Coy
As the Internet grows into a huge information machine, it is outgrowing one of its most cherished and long-standing traditions: unlimited usage for a flat fee. The transition to a new kind of pricing--based on the quantity and quality of service that a user receives--is inevitable, most economists and engineers say. But it will be wrenching, both in terms of the psychic disruption visited on longtime Internauts and the expense of accounting and billing systems.
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