The Sonoma Index-Tribune has dropped the $5-a-month fee it had been charging readers to access its news site for the past three months after AOL’s Patch.com started a free local news site, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

When the Index-Tribune put up the paywall, editor and publisher Bill Lynch said that free access to news stories “is a business model for newspapers that cannot be sustained.” Lynch did not return a call to the Press Democrat to explain his change of heart.

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  1. How many readers know about patch.com? Unless you're a news junkie, like most of us here, Patch.com is an unknown factor. And yes, Lynch is right, giving away news is an unsuccessful business model. So why do we continue?

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