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The Internet

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The Internet, one of mankind’s greatest inventions, slowly becoming an essential part of a vast majority of the world’s population. It’s everywhere: computers, phones, TVs, gaming consoles, and even on a Samsung fridge. Really? who in their right mind needs a smart fridge with internet access? Anyway, not only can we find it almost everywhere, but all of us have free and open access to it. From young toddlers looking to “accidentally” spend thousands on some apple store game, to schools using computers and tablets to create a more interactive learning experience. Although most of these uses are for pure entertainment, many scientists and researchers today also use the online internet communities to power their research projects. Projects like Stanford’s “Folding at Home” help scientists find cures and solve problems with the help of an online community. Usually finding the cure for a disease requires so many calculations that the only machines capable of doing this are super computer. These, however, are really expensive to build, maintain, and operate. Basically, folding is producing a crowdsourced super computer by combining the unused power of many personal computers. This technology, introduced by Stanford, is probably one of the biggest internet technological breakthroughs for the scientific community. Bitcoins, a virtual currency, have also brought a huge breakthrough in technology and its all thanks to the internet. Bitcoins have become really popular recently, becoming the first ever full-size virtual economy. This is all due to the awesome work of Tim Berners-Lee. Thanks to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, today we all have “free” and open access to the web. We can all call ourselves travelers, capable...

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...e for slower internet speeds than any other country in the world.

Since the FCC isn’t doing much to stop them, we should try taking action. Why should we accommodate to some of the worst broadband providers when we hold some of the greatest technological innovations in communication. The internet is a great tool we can’t afford to lose, just because a company feels like producing a bigger revenue. Comcast and AT&T might be great companies, they just need to slow down a bit and avoid creating a bigger conflict. After all, what would we do without the internet? All the ease it brings, revenue it produced, jobs it creates, and minds it inspires, we, or at least I can’t afford to lose this. Furthermore, my career’s mainly centered off. Without the Internet, Computer Science and Computer Engineering isn’t much, it’s hard to work without a good medium of communication.
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