The New York Times announced today that it will start charging for online news in 2011. The "metered model" will allow viewers to see "a certain number of articles free every month before being asked to pay a flat fee for unlimited access."
The details haven't yet been released, but Bill Mitchell at Poynter Online noted that a survey for the Times in July 2009 "tested a model of $5 a month for online access, with a 50 percent discount for print subscribers."
Which leads me to the question:
What do you think? Is the New York Times right to start charging its most frequent users? Will you pay for online access to its news? Tell us about it in the comments.
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