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  1. Introduction
  2. people left behind in the Internet age
  3. Pricing depending on area and speed
  4. Options for rural areas and smaller cities
  5. The government's responsibility for providing Internet access to people
  6. A possible increase in censorship and denial of access
  7. Conclusion
  8. Works cited

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. [...]

[...] Even though most say that the government should not provide Internet access to people, others believe that it is the government's responsibility to do so. They argue that, by not connecting people in rural areas to the Internet with broadband speeds, they will be left behind and not be able to expand as fast as cities that are broadband-enabled. Businesses will not be able to make purchases on time and as efficient and cities cannot utilize its resources and trivialize police and fire services without broadband. [...]

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