Welcome to the world of the Internet! Now the world is totally different and it is nothing like before. People found telephone, calculator, computer, and Internet, but what about the people who have no benefits of the Internet? This question is very important for humans and they have to think about it, because some people don’t have access to the Internet. I chose this topic, because I really want to know about the Internet world and its people. There are people who are using the Internet and people who are unable to use the Internet. How do people face life without the Internet? In this advanced world how many people are in the dark and how many are in the light? How is the Internet beneficial for people and their communication? However, in some parts of world, accessing computer is neither limited nor even available. This is the main problem that people are facing right now. People could have solutions to fight this problem. According to the article, “Get online and surf the web for free!” (n.d.), in BBC News, most places offer free internet access in some area. This solution could work in a positive way. For example, some people don’t have money or sources to get the knowledge of the Internet and that’s the big problem. Giving free access to the poor people is trying to close the gap between the poor and rich. Poor people have the chance to get knowledge of the Internet. Poor people don’t have money to get the knowledge about the Internet, so it will also help the poor people. Moreover, the increases in the size of the Internet are also a challenge for people and some corporations; if they work together and come up with new ideas, the world can solve the problem of limited access to the Internet.
People could develop their ideas, views and fundamental beliefs with the help of the Internet. First, some organizations should provide free or cheap computers in the rural areas, because they don’t even have enough money to buy computers. Second, some corporations should provide free Internet access to children or students. Finally, municipalities should provide mobile computing Internet accessibility in their towns. They should provide some free cyber cafe so people that don’t have computers can use them. In addition, the municipal commissioner, some private companies, and people could manage this planning, so they can make better decisions.
Firstly, some organizations should provide free or cheap computers in the rural areas, because they don’t even have enough money to buy computers. Imagine; if people don't have money to eat in a day, how can they buy computers? The question is, why just provide only laptops or computers? Because people can find a way to buy food, clothes, and groceries, but may be be they are not able to buy costly laptops or computers; if some organizations provide cheap or free laptops, they can have a chance to get these benefits. This is a big problem people are facing in rural areas; people don’t have enough money, so children can’t get a good education or better knowledge related to their study. The problem is they just stayed beside other people. Some Organizations should provide free or cheap laptops to the people who have this problem. For instance, according to the article, ”one learning child, one connected child, one laptop at a time” they are trying to provide a $100 laptop for every school-age child to make education better. People who can afford a few laptops should donate a few laptops to the poor. One person could encourage other people to donate and they could solve the problem. Moreover, organizations should give some attractive offers to the donators, so they can attract them and come out to donate laptops. For example, organizations should advertise on television, on radio, on the Internet and in the newspaper, so people who are not aware of this organization have a chance to know and people might be attracted to the organization and they donate might some laptops. Just one person’s involvement could change the view of society.
Secondly, some corporations should provide free Internet access to the children or students. This could change the world’s perceptions. Some cell phone companies, government phone companies, and cable operators should provide free or cheap Internet access service to the students or children. For example, in India one of the government phone company is providing broadband at a very cheap rate, so people can connect to the Internet very easily and cheaply, so that they can afford money to access the Internet. Furthermore, some companies should introduce some discounts to get new connections. Discounts always attract customers. For illustration, companies should give them double offers; if people get the one connection of the Internet they will get another for free. This scheme might work with neighbors, friends, and family. In addition, companies should deal with the schools, such as free one month Internet access or 50% discount and maybe students will get the benefits with these kinds of deals, because more schools could get connections to the Internet. In addition, government could become involved or provide some free Internet connection to the school. For example, for students in CESL, who are from Saudi Arabia, the government pay their fees and government also give them salary for their expanses, so they can study well. This fundamental plan also could be used to provide the Internet to students, so students can learn more things from the Internet. People could have the chance to get through to the Internet at a much cheaper price.
Finally, municipalities should provide mobile computing Internet accessibility in their towns. Municipalities are also a part of the government. They have similar authorities as the government. Sometimes the government can’t reach everywhere, so municipalities should take care of people and their needs. They should provide some free cyber café, so people that don’t have computers can use them. According to the article “South Africa’s Internet generation” (2001), “our target groups are those kids who grow up hearing about the Internet who can’t get access to it” (para. 6). The South African government is trying to provide some cyber café in some areas. Moreover, sometimes the government can avoid peoples’ opinion or suggestions. A municipality is also part of the government and they also can make some decisions for their residents. For example, at election time some ministers come to the public to ask for votes.
People are always smart and they know how to take advantage of the opportunity. People should talk to the municipal commissioner, and to the town’s ministers about to providing access to the Internet and building some new cyber café. People might get some cyber café and access to the Internet.
Some people argue children could have a bad effect because of the Internet, so they can go in the wrong direction and they can go against their parents. However, this is wrong, because every coin has two sides. Parents should be careful and they should take care of their children, because that's their responsibility. For example, parents should disconnect the Internet service while they are going to work, so children could not browse some bad things on the Internet. Parents should teach good things and manners to their children. Parents should teach them how to make good friends and teach them the importance of good friends, because peers are the major factor to put them into a trouble. If they have bad friends, then they will choose a bad direction, so choosing the right friends for them is the best way to keep eyes on your children. Parents should have control of their children in their absence. Some of children can’t listen to what the parents are saying and they just avoid them, so parents should be strict sometimes. This might be a safer way for the parents.
In conclusion, providing the Internet accessibility to the people from municipalities, corporations and donating the cheap laptops to the poor are good ideas to solve the problem of getting people the knowledge of the Internet. We can’t change the whole world, but at least we could change it a little and that little is going to be lot for the people. People could be better than now. The Internet is the best source of knowledge. Everything could be possible for the people through the Internet. People could be satisfied with these ideas; they should go toward this direction, and it could be a better revolution in the world of the Internet.
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