January 24, 2021

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How Is The Internet Being Made More Affordable?

In today’s world, the internet runs almost everything. Whether you are working, going to school, or just living your life, the internet is where we spend a lot of our time. It is how we socialize, how we get work done, and just how we spend time. But what if you can’t afford the internet? There are some ways that the internet is being made more accessible to all kinds of people.

The Government Is Stepping In

There are some ways in which the government is helping. They are installing CBRS devices in some low-income areas where students need the internet at home for school or people need it in order to apply for jobs or just get entertainment.

There are some grants available for people who need support when paying for their internet, though those will largely go to people who have children. Even so, many politicians are running on the idea that the internet will one day be free to everyone.

The question is what the quality of that internet will be. Will it be strong and secure? Some big cities already have free WiFi, but there are some dangers to using it.

Independent Charities Are Also Helping

Across the world and even into the United States, there are also charities that have helped people get an internet connection. These charities try to establish centers within communities where people can go to use the internet. These include schools, libraries, community centers, and more.

Libraries Have Stepped Up

For a long time now, libraries have helped people get internet access for free, even if there are some limitations on it. However, we know that libraries aren’t always open so there may be some limitations. For example, libraries aren’t open on holidays, so those who wish to talk to their loved ones who live far away might not be able to do so.

Of course, there is also a problem with sanitation and health during times like the Covid epidemic.

The Issue Isn’t Only With Income

Some people think that the issue with internet access relates back to money and in many cases, it does. Many people who don’t have enough money to pay for an internet connection won’t get one. However, there are also issues with the location. Rural communities can struggle to get internet coverage that is reliable. They may be able to get it in their houses (if they are lucky) but they won’t be able to get it once they move away from their homes. 

This is likely a bigger problem with cell phones and smart phones – people aren’t able to get LTE or 4G access.

This Is Only The Start of the Problems

We need to understand that having internet access is only going to be the start of the problem. Once we get everyone access to the internet, it will be about ensuring people can use it. We need to find ways for people to get the devices that they need, the connection speed is good, there is enough security, and that there is general maintenance done.

Over time, it is likely that internet access will become tiered as it is at hotels. People will be able to get basic access to free internet that is slower and they will need to pay for more expensive internet. Companies will have to do the same. This will create even more issues with space, signal usage, devices, and more. New competitions will emerge.

The internet is a great thing, but for those who cannot access it, there will be problems. This is especially true when we live in a world where having an internet connection means better job opportunities, better schooling, and more.