Running water was luxury at the turn of the 19th century, now it is a necessity;
Electricity was luxury at the turn of the 20th century, now it is a necessity;
Broadband was luxury at the turn of the 21st century, now it is a necessity.
"Is the idea of compartmentalized internet service–where Canadians can only watch Netflix or other online video in the early hours of the morning for fear of exceeding their caps– an absurdist notion? It is indeed.
"South Australia Premier gets US fast broadband tour" http://delimiter.com.au/2012/01/11/sa-premier-gets-us-fast-broadband-tour/
"In a statement issued this week, South Australia Premier, Jay Weatherill described Chattanooga as an example of what a city can achieve if its government and businesses are prepared to use broadband technology to resolve issues.
"Rogers Abandoning Portable Internet Service: Internet Overcharging 3G in Rural Canada’s Future" http://stopthecap.com/2011/12/14/rogers-abandoning-portable-internet-service-internet-overcharging-3g-in-rural-canadas-future/
Bad news again for rural Canadians.....and are we surprised that this news comes from Rogers? Heck no, it's expected now. Once again, internet access for Canadians living in rural areas is becoming more of a luxury than a Right.
"Caltech sets 186Gbps Internet speed record, makes our 5Mbps look even more inadequate" (VIDEO) http://www.engadget.com/2011/12/13/caltech-sets-186gpbs-internet-speed-record-makes-our-5mbps-look/
"Caltech teamed up with the Universities of Victoria, Michigan and Florida among others, to try and break the internet speed record.
"Map shows co-ops lead charge on rural broadband" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/ground-level/archive/2011/12/map-shows-co-ops-lead-charge-on-rural-broadband.shtml
"Pink is good. Those are the areas that already meet the state's 2015 goal for adequate high-speed Internet access for all households.