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In this lesson, you will learn, among other things, what the issue of Internet access has in common with movie ticket pricing, seasonal hotel rates, and ferry fares. 

You will learn about Internet access and pricing structures by completing three modules: exploration, invention and application. 

Right now, you've entered the exploration phase of the Internet Access Pricing Structure lesson. Below are several activities which will introduce you to the Internet access issue. Bookmark this page so you can come back after you've completed the activities. 


Use the links below to explore the similarities and differences among 

As you investigate these markets, ask yourself the following questions:

How does each market set up prices? What do the markets have in common? Why do prices change at particular times of the day and during the year? How do flat-rate and per-minute pricing schemes compare among Internet service providers?

Can you think of some other markets that may have similar pricing schemes? Try to verify your ideas by using one of the search engines below. 

Keep track of URLs from the informative sites you find.


Follow the links below to get background information about Internet access charges. While reading, keep in mind the following questions:

Why did America OnLine switch to unlimited usage pricing in Fall 1996? What happened after the unlimited usage plan went into effect? Why did AOL consider charging additional fees in gaming areas? Why did AOL subscribers sue in December 1996?


Discuss with other students the similarities and differences among the markets above.

When you're ready, go on to Invention.