From: Dave Long (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Oct 18 2000 - 11:15:30 PDT
> No, that is just the universe measured by Media Metrix. 500 MM is closer
> to the actual count, about half of which are in the USA.
If there are 250M surfers in the USA out of 276M population,
which 10% don't surf? Those under 5 or over 80?
According to: <http://search.ntia.doc.gov/pdf/fttn00.pdf>
there are 116M "internet users", but as only 80% of them
regularly use email (which, judging from my local library,
is a large component of browser use) and only 60% of them
regularly search for information, I'm not sure how many
count as web surfers.
We could be generous and guess 100M, so 200M worldwide?
> ... Then the buyer
> sells phone calls to her phone-less neighbors for a small profit. It's
> no recipe for riches, but it's a better business model than half the
> dot-coms out there.
It's also not a business model that would change too much
if we substituted "rototiller" (or even "oxen") for "cell
phone". Dan's plan at least is an actual application of
technology, digital or otherwise.
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