World Wide Web: Land of Free Stuff

You want it? It's yours. From a college education to your favorite shampoo, it's all happening gratis on the Internet

I'll never forget the exhilaration I felt logging onto pioneering Internet service provider Prodigy nearly 15 years ago. In the Jurassic period of the World Wide Web, surfing was painstakingly slow and there was very little compelling content to be found. Still, there was an irresistible quality to everything before my eyes: Aside from phone bills and the $15 monthly connection fee, it took me to a virtual world where almost everything was exquisitely free.

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