Free internet access is a necessity

Ahmed Mansoor
4 min readApr 5, 2020
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Over the past decade, internet usage has raised rapidly. As of 2019, more than half the population of the world (approximately 4.1 billion people) has access to the internet (ITU, 2019). The internet has been transforming our way of life and steering the 21st century. Its usage has been evolving and constructing how we, as a people and as individuals, deal with issues. Its roles are weaving thoroughly to our day-to-day activities, and its usage is so broad and impactful. In consideration of these ‘facts’, the internet should be made freely available to everyone.

Countries provide public services (such as healthcare, education and public transportation) to its citizens, irrespective of their living standard. Some of these services are made freely accessible because of its importance. Today, the internet has become a binding medium to reach or fully practise those services, meaning its availability has to be made accessible.

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For example, amid massive epidemic outbreaks like Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), among everyone instructed to stay at home includes students. Around the globe, due to the closure of educational institutions, over 849.4 million children and youth are impacted (UNESCO, 2020). Imagine the number of students not being able to access online classes or educational resources due to not having internet cost coverage.

Social media platforms are one of the most common tool people choose to express themselves. Not only because it is easy to use but also sometimes its the only practical way to express, share and communicate. Imagine someone living or travelling abroad, where the single source to stay connected to loved ones is through the internet. Social networking tools like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram allow users to stay connected with friends and family, as well as it created a virtual base where millions of users can discuss and share all kind of issues. Moreover, these platforms influence on developing brains of adolescents: social media effect Social-skill development and interpersonal interactions of teenagers (Sherman, L. E. et al. 2016). In light of these, it is understandable why it essential to provide proper…