I am confused again. The world changes faster than I can keep up. This article is being written to an internet site that offers distribution to the world wide web. We don’t charge anything for people to come here and browse around. But someone does. I am trying to understand the complexity of costs to access the internet.
Let’s try an analogy to electricity. There is a coal fired electric power plant about fifty miles from where I live. The service to my home is provided by our local ‘power company.’ When I use electricity, my local company measures how much I use and they bill me for my use. There is no flat rate for service, sort of a pay as you go system. I suppose the local power company then pays the coal plant for the electricity they pass on to their customers.
Accessing the internet is not so simple. It is a little confusing because the ‘internet’ is not a centralized location like the coal fired electrical plant. In one session on the internet I might visit 50 different sites – that is to say, 50 different servers – or we might say 50 different power plants. Each of those sites has advertising or they sell products or some other means of generating revenue to pay for their infrastructure and efforts.
So here is my problem – it feels like I am paying at least twice for the same service. I have to pay a cable company or a telephone company for wires, then I have to pay an “Internet Provider” to connect me to the internet, and then I pay at each site I visit by tolerating their advertising.
Let’s equate this to renting an apartment. There is a electric generating power company and a local power company that bring service to the apartment building. The apartment owner does not charge me to access the power company – that is between men and the power company.
Somehow, it feels like the internet connectivity is so convoluted that there are middle men making money and they really don’t provide any infrastructure or effort – their primary effort is in the billing department – taking my money.
Readers, help me understand this process.