I wanted to write an article about what it’s like for people without internet. I am one of those people, so I guess you can say I’m writing about my own experience not having internet at home. Most of the time it’s difficult for me to get online, my brother Gabriel Ramirez and I both work for AccessLocal.tv, so we both need to do our work online. I have my own place, but don’t have internet so I use my mom’s laptop, but sometimes my brother and I get into arguments about who can use it first. He still lives at home, so he has access, when we argue I decide to just walk to my boyfriend’s cousins house, seven blocks from my house to use his internet and computer. By the time I’m finished it’s usually really late so I have to walk home in the dark in Oak Park. It’s not so bad though.
I was looking online and came accross an article by Matthew Lasar on a website called arstechnica.com. It states that “over a third of people in the United States don’t have access to broadband at home.” and that “nearly the same percentage… do not use the internet anywhere.” According to a new survey released by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, that’s really “not anywhere at all”; not at home, or work, no Facebook, no tweets, no texting, no email, nothing. It’s a six percent drop from two years ago, but still a big chunk of America.
The article quotes NTIA Chief Lawrence as saying that “the report confirms that at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, too many Americans still rely on slow, narrow-band internet access, or do not use the internet at all.” Although life without high speed internet service seems unimaginable for many Americans, for many others, broadband is still unattainable.
That last quote in the article, “for to many others, broadband is still unattainable,” really sticks with me. I don’t rely on slow internet, I rely on others to use their internet because I can’t afford it in my own home. Further into the article it mentions that in a survey people were giving their reasons why they don’t have internet, and some were saying that “They don’t have a good enough computer, or they don’t have a computer at all, or they feel they lack the skills to go online.” Then it said that a large percentage also complain that broadband at home is too expensive. I personally think it is, I don’t even have a computer of my own, and my goal is to save up for a laptop and then use my next paycheck to get internet service. But honestly, I need to do my research first before I just sign up for any internet service.
To all the young people out there who don’t have to pay their home internet bill and have their own computer, you should high-five the person who pays the bill. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to do research or use social networking site from home. I guess what I’m trying to say is be thankful you have internet access at home because some people don’t have it all.