Free the Net and End the Digital Divide!
The internet should be free! No hidden rules, monthly specials or exclusivity deals — just free and open for everyone to use. Yes, I know that we live in a capitalist society and ‘freeing the net’ would cut into the profits obscene profits of the telecommunications companies, but the internet is a critical resource that should not be restricted!
Technically, the internet belongs to everyone, yet all over the world, government regulators as well as a powerful corporate entities, are making important decisions about the future of the web.
Whether you are a webmaster or a casual user, the digital world can undoubtedly be a vital part of our lives, but only for those individuals that have the privilege of accessing this information.
For years I’ve dreamt of free municipal internet, but this shouldn’t be a dream–it should be a reality! The questions we are currently debating around access should be replaced with debates on how we can increase wireless capacity and utilize connectivity — making wireless internet available throughout cities, not just in hotspots and most importantly, giving everyone access!
One of my friends was recently in Seoul, South Korea and gushed about their wireless capacities. When it comes to broadband penetration, South Korea is the world leader — with comprehensive free wireless networks and speeds 100 times faster than the typical dial-up connection in the United States! The technology is available, now we just need to increase the awareness and pressure governments and corporate entities to start ‘freeing the net.’
If you are anything like me and if you’re currently reading this off of a computer screen, you’ve come to depend on the internet for many of your everyday needs. But the truth of the matter is that millions of people around the world are not as fortunate as us, which is why we must take the necessary steps to help increase internet access to all citizens around the world.