Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Government, instead of individuals, should cover Internet fees.
Despite the huge impact of the Internet, as a convenient toll for education, vocational and recreational purposes, offering free Internet access should be viewed as a short-sighted, ill-considered proposal. For both personal and commercial concerns, Internet with no charges will inevitably bring about unexpected fallout. Therefore, I hold my point that under no circumstances should the government provide free Internet access for the public.
First, for the user of Internet, free of charge means declination of quality. So limited is the total bandwidth of Internet access, that more computers and phones connected to the Internet means slower speed for each individual user. Now, as Internet could be available only after payment, those unwilling to spend money on the Internet leaves fairly enough bandwidth for the registered users. However, were Internet free of charge for citizens, almost everyone, whether with urgent or irrelevant aims, would have connected to the Internet for 24 hours 7 days. Then, without doubt, so many citizens watching online videos, downloading large-scale software or chatting via video cam with more than 10 friends, the Internet must be slower than those using primitive 14.4k modem. So, for the rights to access fast enough Internet, government should never make it free.
Second, for the business providing Internet access, free Internet services will ruin their future. As Internet become an essential part for people’s life, many companies working on offering fast, stable Internet access become strong business tycoons. For instance, Vodafone, one of the largest Internet service provider, has established 14 branches in different countries and recruited over 1.4 million employees. However, were free Internet service emerged, what would probably happen to these fast-growing business? Internet users, finding ways to download music or send voice mails without any charge, will soon abandon these Internet business sending bills to them every month. Then, not only such business would go bankruptcy, all the staff would thus become unemployed, which could be a huge economic and social disaster for government.
In conclusion, both considering the privileges for Internet uses and the destiny of Internet service providers, I strongly believe that government should never try to make Internet access free.