) JTEC/WTEC Staff Note: As of March 1996, Internet access fees in Japan have fallen substantially: the February 1996 issue of Intanetto Magajin ("Internet Magazine," Impress Corp., No. 13, p. 286-287) lists prices as low as 10,000 (~$100.00) per year for unlimited analog (28.8 Kbps) service with no membership fee. Typical charges for high-quality (i.e., unlimited ISDN, no membership fee) service are on the order of $50/mo. However, local phone charges for access to internet providers remain high: installation of an ISDN phone line can cost as much as $1,000 (plus ~$130/mo. in service charges).

Published: March 1996; WTEC Hyper-Librarian