Week 8 Questions

Student questions:

  • How will this universal access affect companies that offer internet (like Comcast)?
  • How will this affect prices in non-rural areas (will they go down as well, etc.)?
  • Do you think that making the internet available for cheaper in these smaller countries will actually happen within the next few years?
  • How do you think more internet access will change those societies?
  • Do you think that it is unfair to call cyberspace a public space because of accessibility standards?
  • Should we be able to access the Internet without paying for it? How is that going to change the world we live in?
  • Will places that offer WI-Fi do more buisness just because they offer free internet?
  • How safe do you feel with wireless internet? Are you afraid your personal information won’t be safe?
  • How much of an economic impact do you think the internet has made? Is it because of its convenience?
  • Do you think cyberspace is easily accessable right now? What could we do to make it easier? (And safer?)
  • Is it possible to have wi-fi everywhere?
  • In Seattle, will newer communities that are being built include free wi-fi?
  • How will people in poorer communities and countries afford their personal computers?
  • Have you ever been to a place were you did not have Internet access? Did you feel isolated? Was there a different type of public space? Explain.
  • How do you think public space will change when most everyone in the world has access to both telecommunications and Internet?
  • Do you think that accessibility everywhere and anywhere will change your life-style? Will there be a place to escape? Explain your predictions for the future of being too accessible…
  • Do you think governments everywhere are going to be willing to allow exemptions on licenses for small entrepreneurs or will there be resistance?
  • Do you think developing countries will ever be completely up to date with the most advanced technologies being used in developed countries or will they always be a couple steps behind? Is there any way to solve this?
  • How would it affect your life if you woke up one day without easy access to the Internet and voice services?
  • Is internet access for everyone going to make the world a better place, maybe people want food and medicine instead, I mean AIDS in Africa and people don’t even have enough money for medication?
  • What would people from one side of the world say to someone from the other?
  • Is there talk in the near-future of Seattle being under a WMAN? Would it cost too much, or would the benefits be worth it? What would these benefits be?
  • Could governments subsidize the costs of computers or other wireless-capable devices so that citizens who can’t afford the actual machine can still have access to the Internet? Or will the cost of computers decrease in price enough to make this possible without government assistance?
  • What would be the ideal approach to remedy the digital divide that exists today on an international level?
  • What would be a realistic way to remedy the digital divide?
  • What is the biggest factor in preventing the reduction of the digital divide?
  • How would the internet companies make money if there was free internet all over the world?
  • Would they have to merge into one company?
  • How would they charge individuals because some could argue they do not use the wireless internet?
  • Would this change for internet in households with desktop computers?
  • Having these dramatic gains and introducing connectivity to more populations do you think this will effect traditional media?
  • All these wireless Internet Protocol technologies described in this article are very new but do you think they will last among the larger wireless technologies already out there?
  • Do you think the list of public policies proposed will work? Or is there something similar that is working?
  • Is this concept of Universal access really possible? And is it being worked on more now?
  • What kind of benefits will this access bring?
  • Will this have a great affect on speed of connectivity, etc?
  • What do you feel are some of the strengths and weaknesses of CorDect?
  • Do you feel it is fair that people must have an adress to acess the Internet at Seattle Public Library?
  • How would you propose to make internet access more affordable?
  • This article, written several years ago, said that the technologies needed to provide universal internet access were relatively new. Now, four years later, are we any closer to having such a service around the world, or at the very least, in the places that need it the most?
  • If a universal internet system was provided free of charge, do you think there should be certain protocols, barriers or restrictions that limit the activity a user could partake in (i.e. no access to certain websites and services)?
  • How can a building, like many of the buildings downtown for instance, require tenants to use a particular internet carrier? It seem as though this would fall into the realm of monopolizing the market, which as we saw with Microsoft, doesn’t go over well.
  • What will be next? How can we make internet access even more available?
  • Do you think an increase in internet access will greatly increase literacy in poorer areas?
  • How long do you think it will be before the entire world is connected? Or will it never happen?
  • Could companies just provide free Internet to people and just write it off for taxes?
  • To get a lot of the rural areas connected to the degree which is desired, won’t there also need to be a change in learning and in their society in general?
  • Should we be teaching these areas how to use the Internet, or life skills so that they can better their community?
  • Is it ever possible to decrease the gap in the digital divide given how fast technology is moving ahead?
  • How can wi-fi be improved such that the connection does not sporadically get cut off?
  • Will there be an overcrowding of small entrepreneurs given the low entry barriers to the market, or will there be a cap set as to how many companies can provide this wi-fi access?
  • What is the most important information you access over the net that you think would be the most beneficial to under-developed countries?
  • Do programs such as the “Village Area Network” that set up stations with internet and computer accessibility also offer education programs or do people have to know how to use the internet first?
  • What does it mean when the FCC has set aside certain wavelengths for industry, science and medical? Is that free radio?
  • Who are the people who set up the “lily pad” networks? Are these small business owners?
  • How will Microsoft and Google react towards these small, rural wireless communities in the future? Will they be more focused on profit or expanding their products with these new opportunities?
  • As small businesses use these wireless communities, will they be able to stand strong amongst major competitors?
  • Governments seem to be the primary groups who sponsor these projects. Will the government have ultimate control over the Internet’s available content as well?
  • Will the internet change in any way if everyone is granted access to it?
  • What problems may arise with universal internet access?
  • Are businesses (such as Tully’s Coffee) making more money because they offer free WiFi to their customers?
  • Do you agree with Michael Best statement that we should develop policy that supports “rural and universal access as drivers of development and not sources of government revenue.” Explain your answer using a personal example of a time when internet access was fundamental to your personal and educational growth.
  • How can we ensure that children in low income areas are not discriminated against if they do not have computer and internet access from the home to complete homework and class projects?
  • Would you personally be willing to pay more in taxes to improve internet accessibility standards in low income and rural areas?
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Posted on May 15, 2007, in Questions. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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