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    Is the Internet a utility?

    Simple question, is the internet a utility, similar to heat, power, and water? Why or why not, and what should be the implications with respect to how it's managed?

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    No because it is not essential for basic survival or disease prevention like electric, water, gas, sewage are.

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Simple question, is the internet a utility, similar to heat, power, and water? Why or why not, and what should be the implications with respect to how it's managed?
    If it isn't already, it is slowly becoming one. It is becoming increasingly difficult to live without it (even taking into account internet/social networking addicts and leisure activities) given the reliance we have on it for education, banking, etc. As far as how it's managed, I'm not sure what exactly you're getting at, but as far as I'm concerned it should be managed the same way it is now, preferably with zero government interference.

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    No because it is not essential for basic survival or disease prevention like electric, water, gas, sewage are.
    Aren't phones considered a utility?

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by polisciguy View Post
    If it isn't already, it is slowly becoming one. It is becoming increasingly difficult to live without it (even taking into account internet/social networking addicts and leisure activities) given the the reliance we have on it for education, banking, etc. As far as how it's managed, I'm not sure what exactly you're getting at, but as far as I'm concerned it should be managed the same way it is now, preferably with zero government interference.
    In most developed countries, utilities are more highly regulated by the government than other businesses. This is due to the public need, and has to do with things like pricing, area covered, etc.

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by polisciguy View Post
    If it isn't already, it is slowly becoming one. It is becoming increasingly difficult to live without it (even taking into account internet/social networking addicts and leisure activities) given the the reliance we have on it for education, banking, etc. As far as how it's managed, I'm not sure what exactly you're getting at, but as far as I'm concerned it should be managed the same way it is now, preferably with zero government interference.
    I feel greatly sorry for you this coming November. Your choices for governor are pitiful, and that is being generous with my adjective.

    "I would rather be exposed to the inconvenience of too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it." Thomas Jefferson

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Also, porn is important and without the internet, people would have to pay for that

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    No because it is not essential for basic survival or disease prevention like electric, water, gas, sewage are.
    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.
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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Aren't phones considered a utility?
    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.

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by AuntiE View Post
    I feel greatly sorry for you this coming November. Your choices for governor are pitiful, and that is being generous with my adjective.
    oh yeah, I agree. McAulliffe is a shoo in simply because "The Cooch" loves to say the absolute worst possible thing that could ever be said at the absolute worst possible time. McAulliffe seems like an alright guy as a person, but he has his own scandals to worry about.

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