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Feds, military and students can have free access to Washington Post digital

The Washington Post started an online paywall system in June, but the organization now offers free digital access for federal employees, military personnel and students in higher education.

The new policy, which began last month, is an extension of the company’s original paywall plan, which provided access to people in government, the military, and education while at work or on campus. Now those readers can view the Web site anywhere at no cost by logging in with their .gov, .mil and .edu e-mail addresses.

Instructions for signing up are available on the Post’s registration page.

The Post paywall, technically known as a “metered subscription model,” limits all other non-paying readers to 20 free online articles — or other items — per month. After that, they have to subscribe using one of three options:

1) Pay $9.99/month for access to the desktop and mobile web.

2) Pay $14.99/month for an all-digital package that includes access to all of the Post’s apps.

Home delivery subscribers continue to have complimentary access to all of The Post’s digital products.