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
“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