Free Internet connection now an essential utility in our lives
paper has said that internet access has become so important in our lives that,
like access to power and water, it has become an essential utility.
"We need it to keep in touch with family and friends, to pay
bills, to order products and services, and to connect with government,
employers and clients," said The National in an editorial on Tuesday.
It continued, "But for people on low incomes, paying for
internet access can be a financial burden. Even those who can afford a
connection at home – perhaps by pooling resources with others – may not be able
to afford mobile access as well.
"That is why we welcome the initiative by du to provide free
Wi-Fi access in Dubai locations including its retail outlets, Dubai Media City,
Global Village and on Dubai Tram and Metro services.
"Users will be required to watch a short advertising video in
return for an hour’s internet access at a restricted speed. Of course, premium
services will still carry a fee, as they should, but access to basic
connectivity will make a positive difference to many people. The internet is a
necessity now – in public spaces – like electric lights," concluded the
Abu-Dhabi based daily. –END-