Internet availability has much improved since its inception. Accessing the Internet has gone from requiring military clearance to traveling to a local library and hopping on a computer. The importance of the Internet has also subsequently risen as more people gained access to it. The Internet is the frontier of many areas, including communication, commerce, social networking, and even something as simple as paying one's bills. The Internet has become an integral part of everyday life to most people. Others, however, are being left out of the entire revolution. The people being left out are being left behind in the fast-paced society the United States has developed. Some people are crying out for the government to provide Internet access for everyone in order to get everyone up to speed with current trends.
[...] In 1983, TCP/IP and DNS, two major components of modern computer networking, were created and the Internet was born (119). Computers in different networks can now communicate with each other. A few years after, the idea of the World Wide Web was started, and by the mid- 90s, the modern Internet is born (121). Internet service providers did not take off until the mid-80s. ISPs like Compuserve allowed subscribers to log in and access information on their networks and communicate with others via e-mail or instant messaging. [...]
[...] The government should not provide Internet access to everyone because it will lead to the destruction of the ISP business and potentially destabilize the entire Internet. One other reason that the government should not provide Internet access to everyone is security. Security is a hot topic in current times; identity theft, stolen credit card numbers, and spam are but a few problems Internet denizens face. ISPs are more than aware of the problem. Some providers like Road Runner provide free anti-virus and firewall services to its subscribers in order to help protect their data. [...]
[...] The government should allocate the money in other areas and not be responsible for providing Internet access to everyone because attempting to do it is a drain on money and resources that can be used in other areas such as the economy or health care. The government should not be responsible for providing Internet access to people not only because people are spread out quite a bit, but also because it could lead to possible censorship and limited access to certain areas of the Internet. [...]
[...] Hossein Bidgoli. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc “Buckeye Express High-Speed Internet.” 2008. Buckeye Cablevision, Inc April 2008.
[...] It would cost even more if the government were to create its own ISP entity, as it would have to lay wire to areas without Internet access and purchase or upgrade hardware. The money that would be spent getting Internet access to everyone could be used in other, more important facets of the government, such as health care, roads, public education, and even NASA. The government should not provide Internet access to everyone simply because the money that can be spent towards providing access can be better spent elsewhere. [...]
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