Internet services priced at $50 in 1997 $41.77 in 2023

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Prices for Internet Services, 1997-2023 ($50)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for internet services and electronic information providers are 16.45% lower in 2023 versus 1997 (a $8.23 difference in value).

Between 1997 and 2023: Internet services experienced an average inflation rate of -0.69% per year. In other words, internet services costing $50 in the year 1997 would cost $41.77 in 2023 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.49% during this same period, inflation for internet services was significantly 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%).

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Buying power of $50.00 since 1997

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Internet services, over time, for $50 beginning in 1997. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1997$50.00-
1998$51.232.46%
1999$46.12-9.98%
2000$48.194.50%
2001$49.031.74%
2002$49.450.86%
2003$49.900.92%
2004$48.68-2.45%
2005$47.85-1.70%
2006$46.08-3.70%
2007$36.62-20.53%
2008$36.960.91%
2009$38.273.55%
2010$38.510.64%
2011$38.15-0.94%
2012$38.240.24%
2013$38.600.92%
2014$39.031.14%
2015$38.76-0.70%
2016$38.71-0.15%
2017$38.27-1.13%
2018$37.98-0.76%
2019$38.551.50%
2020$39.101.43%
2021$39.671.47%
2022$40.321.64%
2023$41.773.60%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


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

Year199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020202120222023
CPI100.000102.46292.23896.38598.06298.90099.80897.36295.70892.16973.24773.91276.53577.02776.30276.48777.19078.06977.52477.41176.53475.95477.09078.19479.34080.64283.547

Adjust internet services prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2023 / CPI in 1997 * 1997 USD value = 2023 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Internet services and electronic information providers was 100.000 in the year 1997 and 83.547 in 2023:

83.547 / 100.000 * $50 = $41.77

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $50 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" as $41.77 in 2023 (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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