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  • The internet should be even more free than it is now. Everything should be free.

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  • It's fine the way it is.

    18 66.67%
  • We're mooching. We should be paying our fair share based on our use.

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    Re: Should the internet be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    True, but the gist of the question regards individual sites that you visit, and so on.
    Ah, I see. It's like the local newspaper here. Any article that's in the paper can be found on their web site so I wonder why anyone still even gets the paper. I know some news sites require a subscription but I have never once subscribed to one of those.
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    Re: Should the internet be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    The term [u[]the internet[/u] includes servers, ISPs and lots of individual sites. Many "free" sites are simply funded by advertisers in place of user fees. Others, such as Angie's List, rely on user fees to try to keep their content honest (unbiased?). I have no complaints so long as the gov't does not try to (further) tax access or control content (beyond protection of copyrighted material).
    I chose the "fine as it is" option. I have no issues if a site wants to charge for whatever reason, though I'll be honest and say that I prefer free (to me) sites. Personally, I rarely pay for a site, though I have on occasion.

    I am fine with advertising on sites, to a point. I have encountered a couple sites where it the advertising overwhelmed the content, and at that point I just went elsewhere. It was a disrespect of my time.

    Agree about the tax comment.
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: Should the internet be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Ah, I see. It's like the local newspaper here. Any article that's in the paper can be found on their web site so I wonder why anyone still even gets the paper. I know some news sites require a subscription but I have never once subscribed to one of those.
    Right. I've met a guy high up at our local paper and he said they struggle with this. They current have a free onsite version with a little over half their content and a pay version with everything. They have no idea, though, where the future will lead them.

    Papers like the Wall Street Journal can get away with charging more aggressively, but local papers generally cannot.
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: Should the internet be free?

    You know those cool recipe books at the checkout at the grocery store? I used to buy those all the time. Still have my old copies. But, I stopped buying them when I realized I could get all those recipes... and more... for free on the internet.
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: Should the internet be free?

    Right now, it would not be realistic to make it 100% free. However, as the technology develops further I think it is an inevitability that wifi/cell phone service will become free just like air and water.

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    Re: Should the internet be free?

    As is. The web should be accessible to all. If a site charges, then I hope others spring up that offer the same services for free.
    We pay enough as it is for just having internet services.

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    Re: Should the internet be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lovebug View Post
    As is. The web should be accessible to all. If a site charges, then I hope others spring up that offer the same services for free.
    We pay enough as it is for just having internet services.
    So, the money the site ops pay to publish that site, they should just eat it so you can have free stuff? It costs in time, hardware, provider fees and salaries.

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    Re: Should the internet be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Should the internet be free?
    That's code for "owned and run by the government and paid for with taxes".

    No.

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    Re: Should the internet be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    So, the money the site ops pay to publish that site, they should just eat it so you can have free stuff? It costs in time, hardware, provider fees and salaries.
    I am sure they are amply rewarded by advertisement.
    Some sites also offer free service while promoting their own products. Business people always find a way to supplement.

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    Re: Should the internet be free?

    Access to information should be free.

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