Long before anyone had heard of the Internet, early home computer users could read their morning newspapers online … sort of.
Watch this documentary from 1981 when ‘owning a home computer’ was enough to get you on local television.
Those days ‘free online newspapers’ did take over 2 hours to download over the phone, and with an hourly use charge of $5:
‘the new telepaper won’t be much competition for the 20c street edition’.
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