MFS WorldCom/WilTel/LDDS

If we meter things so that free content is too expensive to provide, and
things like Alta Vista (and for that matter) disappear,
will the net still be attractive to newbies? Will ISP customer bases still

No, but another 'net will be. Maybe not "the Internet", but my bet is that
the pay-for-use-and-better-service 'net will be the subset of "the Internet",
not "the Internet" itself.

Btw, once people get connected I'm convinced you could turn off web use and
they'd still stick around for < $20/month. But I don't think it'll come
to that.