Some Americans are able to use the Internet without paying a monthly Internet subscription.
Some people even pay a monthly fee for their internet service.
But a growing number of Americans don’t have to pay for Internet access, at least for most of the time.
Infinity Internet service, which provides internet access for the whole home, costs $70 a month.
But many Americans do pay for the service in some form.
The number of people who don’t pay for a service is increasing as the number of Internet-connected devices has grown, said Mike Vos, senior vice president for the Internet Association, a trade group.
“We see that as a growing segment of the market,” he said.
Vos said most people pay for their Internet service via an online credit card or credit card debit card.
The industry’s biggest player, AT&T, said it pays about $8 per month for internet access.
But it doesn’t pay a dime for phone or cable service, and most Internet service is delivered over fiber optics, he said, which is more expensive than the copper cables that provide internet service to homes.
The industry also doesn’t require internet service providers to install a firewall to prevent spamming or other kinds of unwanted activity.
The FCC requires internet service companies to charge an annual fee of $30 for internet service that they deliver over fiber optic cables.
Other companies don’t charge a fee.
Verizon charges $10 a month, while AT&s charges $15.
Other providers don’t offer unlimited data plans.
Internet providers have been increasingly turning to smartphone apps and online services to deliver internet service since the end of the last decade.
The rise of smartphone and tablet devices, combined with the increasing number of connected devices, has led to increased use of mobile apps, Vos said.
“It’s becoming a lot easier to get a phone, a tablet and an internet connection.”
Vos also said some people are getting better at using apps, and they’re learning to use those apps to access websites.
But, he added, “we have a problem with people who have a lot of free time and a lot less time than others.”
Voz said the rise of internet access can also lead to a loss of privacy.
Consumers aren’t getting access to the information they need to make decisions about how their internet data is used, he noted.