Re: The end of free Internet service provision.

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From: Rasheed Baqai (
Date: Fri Dec 29 2000 - 00:05:48 PST

It's not over, yet.

I still think dial-up access is a commodity. NetZero announced it will
limit each household to 40 hours per month starting January 2001 (if you
want more in any given month, pay $9.95 per month). Juno says that it
won't limit, but it will send more advertising and perhaps limit access
during peak times for heavy users. says it will limit users
to 25 hours per month.

There is a market out there for internet access as a perk from a company.
New entry:
It is pretty cheap to offer (between $1.25 and $3.50 per user, per month).

That darn telephone support. If you don't mind getting all of your
support via email or 900 numbers, Juno offers a no-'ad bar" service for
$4.95 unlimited monthly access, and looky here, AT&T has gone out and done
the same too ( ).


On Thu, 28 Dec 2000, Adam Rifkin wrote:

> Both NetZero and Juno now have market caps under $100m, and will
> likely be delisted soon by Nasdaq rules. In the meantime, they're
> suing each other out of existence. (In other lawsuit news, Openwave
> and Geoworks settled their mutual lawsuits. Yawn.)
> That's it, AOL won, no more free Internet. Darn.

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