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Subject: Re: UKNM: freeserve numbers - comments anyone?
From: Deborah Loth
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 1998 19:38:46 +0000 (GMT)

>It just goes to show what a barrier the issue of cost has been to the
>development of the consumer market in the UK. But I dispute the 10% figure
>- that looks like home users only. Still, it's an amazing achievement -
>especially when you consider AOL hit 500,000 only the other day, and after
>about 2 years of plugging away.
>The great thing is that apart from attracting some people from other ISPs,
>Freeserve actually appears to be expanding the market.
>An interesting model is the free-to-use, entirely ad-supported ISP. check
>out http://www.netzero.com in the States.

How many 'free' ISPs can the UK support? Or, if 'free' consumer ISPs become
the norm, how many pay-for ISPs will find a way to continue? There's
already Free-Online (http://www.free-online.net/), less heavily hyped, but
offering free Internet Access accounts on almost exactly the same model as
Freeserve. It's my impression, though, that the model is
telepone-charge-supported, not ad-supported.

Deborah Loth
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