The ‘Internet is not a utility’ is a myth: Researchers
A new study says that broadband internet is not the same thing as broadband service and is not actually a utility.
“Internet is like a cable modem, a phone line, a satellite dish,” says Dr. Matthew Kochen of the University of Minnesota.
“The broadband internet service you’re using is just a conduit to send information over that conduit.”
In other words, a DSL connection is an internet service that doesn’t have a physical connection to your home.
In this video, the study’s author describes how this happens.
“If you’re talking to a DSL line, the connection between the DSL and the line is essentially a fiber optic cable,” says Koche.
“It’s not just an internet connection, it’s a digital connection.”
This is how the internet works: A line is an optical fiber that runs between your home and your business, the internet provider.
The optical fiber makes up your home’s backbone.
The internet is the conduit that connects your home to the internet.
The US$40 billion internet industry has grown more than 30% since 2008, but there are many other ways that it works, including over the phone and over the internet, which is when you connect to the Internet from your home or office.
“Most of the internet providers are not offering the same service, and they’re not providing it as efficiently as the internet is delivering today,” says the study.
And these services can be expensive.
For example, you’ll pay about $30 a month for a gigabit broadband internet plan.
That’s about a third of the price of the same gigabit internet service offered by Verizon.
That said, the report notes that there are ways to lower your monthly bill.
“One of the ways to do that is to buy a gigabyte of extra data at the same time you’re paying for your broadband service,” says Professor Matthew Kuchen.
“That will mean you’ll have less data available to you for streaming video or social media.
And if you buy that extra gigabyte, you can get a faster internet connection for less money.”
Kochel says this kind of pricing will be important as the number of people who want to use the internet increases.
“People will want more of a digital footprint in their life, and I think the internet will continue to evolve in a way that will make it a better experience,” he says.
The report says that there is “little evidence” to suggest that people have a “negative” impact on the internet and that broadband services are a benefit.
“A survey conducted by the University the last two years showed that the majority of people would rather use the web or mobile apps than pay for broadband Internet services,” the study concludes.
“These services are likely to remain the preferred form of internet access, and that is good news for the Internet and a strong indicator of its long-term success.”