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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    I combine my internet as part of my TV and phone service.

    Of the 3, which one could you live without the most?

    I could live without Internet the most but it's close with TV because I can stream a lot of channels and free movies. I'd have to play with it to make a real determination.
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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    Phones and TV are already utilities, but you don't need electricity to live. By your definition, only water and maybe sewage would really count as utilities.

    Yes, the internet is a utility.
    To say the internet is a utility is like saying phone sex or Fox News is a utility. It is what you access through electric, telephone lines, cable services, satellite.

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    To say the internet is a utility is like saying phone sex or Fox News is a utility. It is what you access through electric, telephone lines, cable services, satellite.
    The internet is a medium, not data itself, like phone sex or fox news. Most places even have dedicated lines that don't use the telephone lines or cable services. If it's not using any other utility, what is it?
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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    Phones and TV are already utilities, but you don't need electricity to live. By your definition, only water and maybe sewage would really count as utilities.

    Yes, the internet is a utility.
    You pretty much do need electricity to live nowadays, especially in the winter when you need to heat your home. Most houses are not equipped for heating sources that require no power, such as wood stoves.

    The internet? No, it is not a utility, IMO.

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    IDK. Not that I know of in my area in a general sense. I believe they are not allowed to disconnect service for non-payment from a home where there is a bed-ridden patient but beyond that IDK.
    Even if that person never pays the bill? I find that hard to believe. Phone companies are not charities.

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    The internet is a medium, not data itself, like phone sex or fox news. Most places even have dedicated lines that don't use the telephone lines or cable services. If it's not using any other utility, what is it?
    It is using other utilities whether you like it or not and could not exist independent of those utilities--like electric. Where is the other end of those lines hooked up to? Satellite or the same means by which telephone or cable is delivered. There isn't a big building that generates something called "internet". The internet is a derivative of other services. It is a service delivered by appliances just like air conditioning and television content.

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    I combine my internet as part of my TV and phone service.

    Of the 3, which one could you live without the most?

    I could live without Internet the most but it's close with TV because I can stream a lot of channels and free movies. I'd have to play with it to make a real determination.
    I could likely live without out all three, but the phone the most. I have never liked the thought of people having the ability to just get in touch with you at any given moment. Damn Alexander Graham Bell.

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    I combine my internet as part of my TV and phone service.

    Of the 3, which one could you live without the most?

    I could live without Internet the most but it's close with TV because I can stream a lot of channels and free movies. I'd have to play with it to make a real determination.

    I think TV is old technology and it'll be going the way of the fax machine soon enough.

    If they were able to wire the whole country with fiber optics (and they could, if it weren't for political red tape), you could stream better-than-HD quality video online without interruption or delay.

    You could literally have access to tens of thousands of shows, on demand at any time you feel like watching, at your fingertips, in better-than-retina display using today's technology.

    You wouldn't have to "record" a show and you'd never miss anything, you'd just tell the TV what you want to watch, when you want to watch it, and it would be available to you.

    You don't have to sit and watch on your laptop either, most TV's today are internet-ready, and the televisions of tomorrow (see Apple) even more so.

    Steve Jobs once said that when he watched TV, he felt like he was looking at 20 year old technology. He was right, as usual.
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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by polisciguy View Post
    I could likely live without out all three, but the phone the most. I have never liked the thought of people having the ability to just get in touch with you at any given moment. Damn Alexander Graham Bell.
    Land lines are not needed today and are actually quite cumbersome, in my opinion. Why have a land line if you have a cell phone?

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    10 years ago I would've said "no," but between employers who will assume the worst if you lack a Facebook, vendors and banks trying to push online account management, online employability verification, and even tax returns that must be eFiled under certain circumstances, I'd have to say it is at this point.

    The main thing, from my perspective, is neutrality. The technology was the product of government investment, improved with a lot of open-source development, and currently runs on an architecture which has seen a lot of subsidies and operates in what amounts to a monopoly. You'll see DSL and cable and satellite competing, but you aren't going to see half a dozen cable providers engaging in a similar competition. In some areas you can't get one or more of those services, further increasing competition -- for example, at my parent's house out in the sticks you couldn't get cable or digital phone service, so satellite is your only option.

    Aside from that, privacy. I want to see the government showing the same deference to Internet communications that mail and telephone conversations get (which isn't saying much at this point, I know, maybe a private discussion in the comfort of your own home is a better example).
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    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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