A new website, and political movement, has launched to attempt to make the Internet a free and basic right to all Americans. It’s called InternetforEveryone.org. Some of the names behind the movement are some big and powerful names, including:
- Common Cause
- National Council of Women’s Organizations
- National Organization for Women
- Writers Guild of America
- and several faculty members at Harvard, Yale, and Stanford law schools
It is obvious what these individuals and organizations hope to gain from this. If everyone had access to the Internet then that would increase the base of consumers for anyone doing business online. Is that a good idea?
Personally, I think anything that increases opportunities for everyone is a good thing. If this initiative does gain ground and win out in the end, which I think is highly possible, then it will become an absolute necessity to have an online presence if you run any kind of business online. Already, people who have access to the Internet turn here first for product research and to find information on businesses they are considering working with. If everyone has access to the Internet regardless of education, financial status, and social status then you can bet that will increase 100-fold. Businesses that have no Internet presence at all will die. This is worth keeping your eye on.