Do You Love Broadband?


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Ars Technica reported that 23% of U.S. households don’t have Internet anywhere in the house? Why not? many people just don’t see the need for this “Internet” thing at all. Really? Lamarr thinks broadband should just be something in the house like electricity, water, and heat service so that it’s just normal to have.

The largest reason is listed as a lack of interest in the Internet, with cost being second. Stop spending so much money on dinners out and get yourself online instead. Broadband should be a required utility in the house like water or heat.

How can someone not want to be connected to the Internet? The world is out there. You can find everything online. Don’t you want to expand your mind and your opportunities?

Do you think these 23% are living in the dark ages, are ignorant, or are they on to something? Maybe the Internet causes more problems than it’s worth. I’m just playing Devil’s Advocate here; leave a comment below.

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  1. “Broadband should be a required utility in the house like water or heat… How can someone not want to be connected to the Internet? The world is out there. You can find everything online. Don’t you want to expand your mind and your opportunities?”

    Funny. I thought we lived in a country that prized freedom, liberty. If someone prefers to be disconnected from the internet, why should that disturb you? I immediately thought of one household I’m familiar with that is evenly split on the issue with no conflict between the two parties. One uses a broadband internet connection for managing personal finances, email and general web browsing. The other expands both mind and opportunities via the public library and–shock!–reading books. Which is having the richer experience? While I spend probably 30-40 hours/week on the internet via my broadband connection, I also read seven or eight books/week. I’d be hard pressed to say that my internet activities were more broadening or enriching than my reading of old time hardcopy books.

    Stop fondling that mouse and grab a book.

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