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    Should the internet be free?

    Should the internet be free?

    Of course, not everything is free. Some sites charge. But most still do not. It's not an absolute, nor is the question/poll intended to be absolute.

    A local radio talk show host was opining the other day that virtually nothing on the internet should be free. You should have to pay something for all of it. His reasoning was the current business model cannot hold up, and needs money.

    Should you be required to pay something for virtually everything?

    Sites like DP cost money to run, and so far has existed on donations. Other similar talk forums do the same or similar.

    News sites, which was the host's primary example... some charge, some don't. That's a case where, I believe, most eventually will.
    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 radcen View Post
    Should the internet be free?

    Of course, not everything is free. Some sites charge. But most still do not. It's not an absolute, nor is the question/poll intended to be absolute.

    A local radio talk show host was opining the other day that virtually nothing on the internet should be free. You should have to pay something for all of it. His reasoning was the current business model cannot hold up, and needs money.

    Should you be required to pay something for virtually everything?

    Sites like DP cost money to run, and so far has existed on donations. Other similar talk forums do the same or similar.

    News sites, which was the host's primary example... some charge, some don't. That's a case where, I believe, most eventually will.
    I doubt it would make sense to make it a free good. But I honestly haven't seen a study on the external effects, costs and benefits so my mind is still open

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    Re: Should the internet be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Should the internet be free?

    Of course, not everything is free. Some sites charge. But most still do not. It's not an absolute, nor is the question/poll intended to be absolute.

    A local radio talk show host was opining the other day that virtually nothing on the internet should be free. You should have to pay something for all of it. His reasoning was the current business model cannot hold up, and needs money.

    Should you be required to pay something for virtually everything?

    Sites like DP cost money to run, and so far has existed on donations. Other similar talk forums do the same or similar.

    News sites, which was the host's primary example... some charge, some don't. That's a case where, I believe, most eventually will.
    How would you pay for the labor, equipment and R&D?
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    Re: Should the internet be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Should the internet be free?

    Of course, not everything is free. Some sites charge. But most still do not. It's not an absolute, nor is the question/poll intended to be absolute.

    A local radio talk show host was opining the other day that virtually nothing on the internet should be free. You should have to pay something for all of it. His reasoning was the current business model cannot hold up, and needs money.

    Should you be required to pay something for virtually everything?

    Sites like DP cost money to run, and so far has existed on donations. Other similar talk forums do the same or similar.

    News sites, which was the host's primary example... some charge, some don't. That's a case where, I believe, most eventually will.
    His reasoning seems pretty stupid it is based on one theory or another.

    The internet has been around now for over two decades and the only overall problems with it seem to be pretty minor

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    Re: Should the internet be free?

    Slight nudge here, you're not talking about the internet but the web. Long ago when the web was born there was an internal debate among sysadmins as to whether there would be commercial content carried on the web or if we would stick to the web's founding purpose (to share [scientific] info with the world). The consensus was that the web would host commercial content and the USENET would be left commercial free.

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    Re: Should the internet be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Should the internet be free?

    Of course, not everything is free. Some sites charge. But most still do not. It's not an absolute, nor is the question/poll intended to be absolute.

    A local radio talk show host was opining the other day that virtually nothing on the internet should be free. You should have to pay something for all of it. His reasoning was the current business model cannot hold up, and needs money.

    Should you be required to pay something for virtually everything?

    Sites like DP cost money to run, and so far has existed on donations. Other similar talk forums do the same or similar.

    News sites, which was the host's primary example... some charge, some don't. That's a case where, I believe, most eventually will.



    Any site that charges visitors will have to get by without me.

    Broadcast TV and radio don't charge a fee (Except for what some countries charge on electric bills.) and you can watch and listen to them all over this planet.

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    Re: Should the internet be free?

    It's fine the way it is and we are paying for it.

    However, it is not to say that we shouldn't try and change the way we handle net neutrality as I have stated, we never really had net neutrality. Now, and for the past 2 years, since internet speeds have gotten higher (we're talking about 250mbps to 1gbps bandwith people) and can be very affordable, and since the net services are diversified (like streaming) we can have proper, genuine net neutrality, enforced by law and the government to keep the companies out of managing and interfering with our bandwidth. So this is why it's important to have a good net neutrality legislation and it is precisely why it is today that there are debates on net neutrality.

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    Re: Should the internet be free?

    It's not entirely free. I pay for it monthly, along with my cable and cell phone bills. It really is amazing. Remember when you used to have something hanging out on the edge of your memory and you couldn't quite grasp it and it would drive you crazy?
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    Re: Should the internet be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    It's not entirely free. I pay for it monthly, along with my cable and cell phone bills. It really is amazing. Remember when you used to have something hanging out on the edge of your memory and you couldn't quite grasp it and it would drive you crazy?
    True, but the gist of the question regards individual sites that you visit, and so on.
    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 radcen View Post
    Should the internet be free?

    Of course, not everything is free. Some sites charge. But most still do not. It's not an absolute, nor is the question/poll intended to be absolute.

    A local radio talk show host was opining the other day that virtually nothing on the internet should be free. You should have to pay something for all of it. His reasoning was the current business model cannot hold up, and needs money.

    Should you be required to pay something for virtually everything?

    Sites like DP cost money to run, and so far has existed on donations. Other similar talk forums do the same or similar.

    News sites, which was the host's primary example... some charge, some don't. That's a case where, I believe, most eventually will.
    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).
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    Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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