>It may or may not be true in the US, but it certainly is true in Europe and
>nearly everywhere outside the US. We have to pay for phone connection
>charges to the internet and it costs a packet.
Anton, you misunderstand the issue. There is an unfounded rumor that pops
up from time to time to the effect that the government is about to levy a
charge on individual e-mail messages, much as the postal service requires a
stamp on letters. It is not true.
Many people pay long-distance charges by the minute for Internet service in
the United States. Until a local ISP started in my area 18 months ago, I
paid 10 cents a minute to use AT&T's 800 number plus a 12-cent-a-minute
surcharge from my local telephone service. Those who have so-called
"budget" telephone service, which charges for local calls beyond a set
number, also may pay for the local call when connecting to the Internet
through their dial-up connections.
>since no-one (?) in the US pays local call rates to connect to the
>internet the temptation is to
>stay logged on all day. Come 2 pm in Europe internet access slows down
>markedly because the East Coast of the US is connecting to the internet in
There's no immediate solution for that. People tend to check their mail
immediately upon arrival at the office, to see what's in store for the day.
Simply being connected to one's ISP does not use up any bandwidth. You have
to be actively browsing, downloading, or uploading to have any impact.
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