PACER charges 10 cents a page for electronic access to federal court filings. Actual cost of storage and transmission, by one estimate: $0.0000006 per page. What access to public records ought to cost: zero.
New York Times column today on the case I've supported challenging outrageous PACER download fees.
The federal government illegally charges ~$145/yr for access to public court records. This lawsuit seeks to tear that paywall down: Since 2009 the RECAP Extension has been lowering fees and making an open archive of PACER content:
Attacking a Pay Wall That Hides Public Court Filings - The New York Times
PACER *shakes fist*
“As news outlets across the country face leaner budgets,” the brief said, “few can readily afford daunting fees for court records, especially independent journalists and community news media companies.” ⁦
Tear down that wall
Long overdue. Attacking a Pay Wall That Hides Public Court Filings
accurate lede from nytimes on federal judiciary charing 10 cents per web page for access to court records: “preposterous”
Attacking a Pay Wall That Hides Public Court Filings - The New York Times by via thanks
. on difficulty of getting to government records. FTA: By 1 estimate, actual cost of retrieving court docs, including secure storage, is ~$0.0000005/page. Federal judiciary charges $0.10/page to use its Pacer system