HCN says free archives too expensive
It appears that Houston Community Newspapers has decided to go the way of the Chronicle and build a pay archive wall:
News reports may be accessed free of charge for 21 days from the day the story originally appears on the HCN Web site, which is usually 24 hours after the publication date of the article. Thereafter, readers may access HCN's extensive archive of stories pertaining to the community through the new subscription program.
"As the archives increase in data, the cost of maintaining the good service to our customer increases, so we thought a small charge would be appropriate to maintain the useful service for our customers," said J. Tom Graham, chief operating officer for ASP Westward LP, the parent company of HCN.