Accessing the internet is something many do usually as a daily deed. But have you taken the time to think how you are accessing the internet and what are the other methods which are available?
The most common methods of gaining access to the internet are through the following connection methods;
If we look at few of these connections in brief we can see that they all have positive and negative points. Internet users can select a connection method based on their necessity, expected internet access time, additional services which can be got from the connections, and budget availability. To make a wise decision one needs to be knowledgeable about the advances in technology related to connection methods.
The most recent technology in internet connection is Wi-Fi. This provides wireless access to computer networks and internet. Areas which are Wi-Fi enabled and computers can connect to the internet from are called, 'Hotspots'. These services can be free to all, free to customers or based on a fee. Also unlike other connection methods, a hotspot is not limited to a confined location. The whole college, park or even city can be enabled as one prefers. Only disadvantage is access to the Wi-Fi router cannot be controlled.
With the many methods of connections, venues are no longer limited to access the internet. Public places are available where one can use the internet, including libraries and internet cafes where public computers are made available or private laptops can be plugged into LAN's. There are also many wireless internet access points in many public places like airport and hotels, these may only be available for a short period or based on the fee you pay.
In most developing countries, issues exist with accessing the internet, as ADSL and other broadband access are rare and dial up connections are more expensive and cannot be used in simultaneously with the telephone & even in developed countries, high cost restrictions to access and average performance, limits it spreading to all human beings. Even within countries differences are visible in ways of availability of accessing the net.
To emphasize the need for accessing the internet in human life to prepare each individual and provide them with the best access to information and education, United Nations is working on making internet access a human right to meet the universal access requirements of basic communication and information services.