updated 06:45 pm EDT, Mon June 4, 2001
In "Free Web: its days are numbered?", ZDNet ponders whether the age of free content on the Web is coming to an end, as dot-com companies discover that providing free content and services is becoming increasingly more difficult to maintain as a profitable business strategy. "...the introduction of charges may fundamentally alter the course of the medium. This evolution could create a new kind of digital divide linked to one's ability to pay for information and services, giving rise to virtually gated and balkanized communities throughout cyberspace."