Covid -19 has made us rethink the Internet as an utility
In the hardest moments of the Covid-19, the world remained connected thanks to the “resistance” of the Internet, since from its conception the Internet was designed to work even in the event that many of its connection nodes disappeared.
We cannot forget that Arpanet (the forerunner of the Internet) was developed by the military to guarantee its connections even in the event of an attack from the “enemy”. It was, like the Internet, a network of flexible connections and therefore resistant to any type of incident within it.
With the pandemic it has been shown that everyone has remained connected thanks to the Internet. Thanks to this network, open communications have been maintained, all kinds of transactions have been carried out between companies, between people, etc … and also thanks to it we have seen that our way of life is different from what it was.
Therefore today we can say that the Internet is a “basic” need for our way of life, as is water, electricity, the health system, etc …
Today the Internet is what would be called a “utility” (public service) and as such it should be treated, since today the Internet is critical for the normal functioning of our society.
There should be no people without connection to a telephone line and Internet, because no one should be isolated
Today being disconnected is like not being in the world. There will be people who want it and that is respectable, but what is not “fair” is that someone does not have access to that basic need for financial reasons.
Without the Internet at home, a child has more difficulty in his education and anyone is not on equal footing to aspire to get a job or carry out any type of activity.
By this I do not mean that it should be free, but that it should be accessible to everyone.
Currently the cost of the Internet for the user varies in each country, but many people in the western world do not have access to it, and these people have a very difficult future ahead of them.
And if the Internet is considered a utility, it should be regulated so that it works as such and everyone has access to it.