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Internet pricing ... and universal access

In the current pricing of Internet access most individuals connecting from home pay in various stages:
  1. They pay telecoms to reach the Internet both in terms of distance and time.
  2. Then they generally pay a fix entry rate per month and sometimes a sliding scale in terms of time used or bytes of information downloaded.
  3. Once they are on the Internet they do not pay to move around.
  4. In some cases they might pay for access to information or goods.
The current form of payment in the first stage mentioned above implies that even if universal access were available, those people living in rural or peripheral regions would be handicapped because they would have to pay more. In the same way, those having a slow connection would also be penalised because not only would some services not be available to them but also they would have to pay more for a longer connection time. If however, the price were dependent neither on distance nor time - as is the case with the television - then the system would perhaps be more equitable. Share or comment
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