Business news provider Dow Jones said this week it is to stop supplying its news feed to online content provider America Online because of reduced payments.
Since America Online adopted flat-rate pricing, revenue for information providers to its proprietary content service have been significantly cut. Providers now receive a proportion of the fixed fee rather than a usage based payment.
A Dow Jones spokesperson said the Dow Jones area of America Online was visited by over 100,000 users per day, meaning its loss could significantly impact America Online's business user base that is also drifting away from Compuserve now it is owned by America Online.
Dow Jones already gets significant level of accesss through its sister site, the Wall Street Journal Interactive. A different payment arrangement has not been ruled out by the two companies but any usage-based payment could cause discontent amongst other information providers to America Online.
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