In response to the August 8 Perspectives column by Oliver Tattan, "":
Preach on, brother, the choir is listening!
I listen to people day in and day out complaining about how this is 'charge' now and that is 'charge' now. Well, they have to pay their bills. The only problem I have is that there is no good system to make "micropayments." Without this system many sites are missing huge amounts of their potential audience.
I see articles on Salon and clips on CNN all the time that I would not mind viewing. Unfortunately for them, I am not willing the sign up for their service and pay a monthly fee. However, a micropayment system with a unified ID (like Microsoft's Passport or any of the other projects by the likes of SUN or AOL,) I would be more than happy to pay a half cent here for this, or 2 cents there for that.
I agree that it was just silly for us to think of the Internet as a free ride. Now that it's starting to go away, I see huge things coming with business models that would have never survived before. Now they just got to find an easy (and secure) way for us to pay them.