Internet services priced at $50 in 2017 $49.41 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Internet services

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Prices for Internet Services, 2017-2018 ($50)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for internet services and electronic information providers were 1.18% lower in 2018 versus 2017 (a $0.59 difference in value).

Between 2017 and 2018: Internet services experienced an average inflation rate of -1.18% per year. In other words, internet services costing $50 in the year 2017 would cost $49.41 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.23% during this same period, inflation for internet services was significantly lower.

In the year 2017: Pricing changed by -1.13%, which is above the average yearly change for internet services during the 2017-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2017 (2.13%), inflation for internet services was much lower.

Price Inflation for Internet services and electronic information providers since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2007 (-20.53%), 1999 (-9.98%), and 2000 (4.50%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Internet services and electronic information providers:

Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CPI 100.000 102.462 92.238 96.385 98.062 98.900 99.808 97.362 95.708 92.169 73.247 73.912 76.535 77.027 76.302 76.487 77.190 78.069 77.524 77.411 76.534 75.631

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Buying power of $50 since 2017

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Internet services, over time, for $50 beginning in 2017. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2017 $50.00 -1.13%
2018 $49.41 -1.18%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for internet services, 2017-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2017 * 2017 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Internet services and electronic information providers was 76.534 in the year 2017 and 75.631 in 2018:

75.631 / 76.534 * $50 = $49.41

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $50 in 2017 has the same "purchasing power" as $49.41 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Internet services and electronic information providers).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Internet services and electronic information providers in 1997. In addition to internet services, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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