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I started this page to collect information about regions of the world where people must pay for email or Internet access based on connection time or volume, how much it costs them, the cost due to spam, and the burden that might put on a typical household.

These figures were collected in the second half of 2001 unless otherwise specified.

See about these pages.

Update: I realize that this is a biased data collection tool -- the people who pay the most for Internet access are least likely to want to connect to twiki.org and edit these pages to add data.


Adding Countries or Regions

If you add information about your country or region, model it somewhat after the entry for the USA or Europe -- include a heading for your region and insert your region in alphabetical order. (As long as you markup the heading in the proper format (you will see this when you edit), your region will automatically be included in the TOC.)

If it would turn out that my description of the USA is not reasonably accurate for Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, or some other non-continental region, I would suggest that the entry I made have the heading changed to "USA: Continental", and the entry for Alaska (for example), be "USA: Alaska".

In cases where you have a lot of information to present, consider following the example for the Netherlands for which I created another page for the details and "INCLUDE"d a summary on this page.

Central America: Belize

(March, 2002) I am assuming that the figures for Belize provide a reasonable indicator for much of Central (and South?) America as well (until someone provides information to the contrary).

A typical (?) "phone bill averages about $250 a month for judicious use, so I avoid chat, wiki, and web-based anything as much as possible."

Spending a dollar Belize hurts a good bit WORSE than someone in the US spending a US dollar.

See MeteredInternetAccessCentralAmericaBelize#Developing_the_Comparison

Europe: Netherlands

(Sept, 2001) I am assuming that the figures for the Netherlands provide a reasonable indicator for much of Europe as well (until someone provides information to the contrary).

All telephone calls are paid for by the hour. A person using one hour of Internet / email access per day during off hours (after 7:00 PM) would pay an amount approximately comparable to a US resident paying $80/month over and above his normal telephone bill.

See MeteredInternetAccessEuropeNetherlands#Developing_the_Comparison.

Europe: Shipboard and Mobile

(March, 2002) Shipboard and mobile use is another story -- some people pay US $2 per minute for approximately 1 kbps aboard ship. That is a real burden!

See MeteredInternetAccessEuropeShipboardAndMobile.


AFAIK, almost anywhere in the US, people can arrange to get a phone line with unlimited local usage at a reasonable rate ($15 to $40/month?), find an ISP within the local calling area, and get an unlimited usage ISP dial up account for a reasonable rate ($0 to $24/month).

I don't think Internet access is a burden for people who have or rent a home or apartment, have a job, and can afford a computer, because I think that almost everyone in that position already has a telephone and can get unmetered Internet access at an affordable rate. This covers the vast majority of Americans, but not all.


  • RandyKramer - 14 Sep 2001
  • Paul Kater - 15 Sep 2001
  • Harm Bathoorn -- 5 Mar 2002
  • Jan Wilson -- 27 Mar 2002
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