I don’t object to Web sites charging for access — it’s better than having them throwing you dubious ads from a dozen different sources every single time you visit — but there are few of them I visit often enough to justify paying the full rate. Is this the solution?
Everybody wants you to subscribe. I wouldn’t mind subscribing, but once you subscribe to one it’s much easier to justify subscribing to another, and then another and pretty soon you’re shelling out 50 or 100 bucks a month, and I ain’t gonna do that, so I don’t subscribe to anything. I wouldn’t mind paying $10 a month in order to get access to everything. I mean, if I have a subscription to one place, like the WSJ, I would spend all my time there. If I had two subscriptions my time would be split between the two, so I would be accessing each one only half as much. Likewise if I had ten subscriptions. The ISP should collect $10 a month from you and then dole it out to the websites on the basis of how many times you visit that site.
I’m pretty sure ISPs won’t like the idea, but hey, they have the information: they have to have it to figure how close you are to your monthly data cap.