As a decade of significant change draws to a close, has the internet moved from luxury to commodity?
I would argue that the internet is a necessary part of everyday life, be it as a communication tool and social medium, news source, or even a method for seeking employment. Nowadays, it seems there is little that doesn’t have a home on the internet, from the local soup kitchen to the PTA to one’s financial institutions.
As more information becomes available exclusively online and countries move to eliminate non-electronic payment methods, internet access will become as necessary to everyday life as reliable electricity and telephone service.
Perhaps this reasoning is, at least in part, behind the FCC’s push to expand broadband access nationwide.