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April '02: It's sad, but true: it isn't possible to cover bandwidth costs through advertising. That led to a tip jar (Jan '02), and evolved to Premium Access (Feb '02).

From 1998 through 2001 Modemsite (formerly 56k=v.Unreliable) was completely "free" - supported by banner advertising. January 2002: Bandwidth approaching 100gb/month! Advertising approaching zero.

The modest Premium Access subscription price - starting at $1. - works. But, most access to the site (bandwidth) still is served to non-subscribers. About 50gb/month. The advertising doesn't cover it.

The site evolves to limited access for non-subscribers: a number of pages display completely only to subscribers. (Example: the graphics-heavy Check Your Throughput page.) How much of the site remains available "free" with advertising is a balancing act. Currently, advertising provides support for 10-20gb bandwidth.

I'd prefer the good old days where ads paid the bills, but those days aren't coming back, and I am not going to have the site look like this. Premium Access at least keeps the site on the net.

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