New York Times eyes 2011 for online fees

Under the plan, users would have free access to a certain number of articles a month and then have to pay once they exceed a cap.

The New York Times has made it official: It's going to charge for access under certain conditions starting in 2011.

The model, detailed in a statement, goes like this: Users will have free access to a certain number of articles a month and then have to pay once they exceed a cap. Think of it as an article cap similar to a salary cap in sports.

The Times says the model will give the company a second revenue stream to support its ad model and also fund its journalism. Print subscribers will have free access without an article cap.

Read more of "New York Times goes metered online: Will you pay up?" at ZDNet's Between the Lines.

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