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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:14 am    Post subject: Is broadband as important as water? Reply with quote

Consumers consider broadband internet as important a utility as water or electricity, a government advisory panel finds.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8079637.stm
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, 'course it's not... but then people probably didn't think when they answered the survey. We take things like water so much for granted nowadays - much though I like the internet, I'd sooner have water than broadband. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a silly question to ask in a survey.

How can anyone live without water?

Sure, I'd find it hard to live without a decent Internet connection, but I managed it for quite a long time before the Internet became a normal part of everyday life.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can buy bottled water. I can't buy bottles of broadband. :)
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha some people can stop eating or drinking without broadband.....though you can die from thrist.....i think its possible to die from lack of broadband too!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is an interesting debate Smile Since I'm very into technology and the web with my experience and career path, I cannot imagine a life without broadband Internet... maybe that's just me Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But you can imagine one without water, can you?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we're comparing Apples to Oranges here.

The importance of water and broadband is based on different perspective.

You need water to live.

You need broadband to be effective when you do work that requires access to the Internet.

If you are still using dial up to work on the Internet, you are becoming obsolete compared to others who use broadband...

You need broadband to stay connected with the Internet which is always moving at a tremendous speed.

In today's world, Internet is deeply embedded into our daily lives and our work. This is especially true for businesses.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The question is not as silly as some might think.
It's a relevant question to ask because mostly millions of people are using the net at almost 10 hours a day more than they use water. but of course without electricity you wont have internet at the 1st place! Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kylelmoon wrote:
The question is not as silly as some might think.


It's fairly silly in my book.

You can survive without broadband.

You can't survive without water.

That should really be the end of the discussion, shouldn't it?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess it's a Maslow type question though isn't it? Clearly water is a base requirement for us all, but in most developed countries now the ability to conduct affairs online is a fundamental part of life.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paul wrote:
kylelmoon wrote:
The question is not as silly as some might think.


It's fairly silly in my book.

You can survive without broadband.

You can't survive without water.

That should really be the end of the discussion, shouldn't it?


Of course you're right. But when did THAT ever stop a conversation? :)

Water is not free. In order to obtain the money to buy water I need to work, and in order to do that effectively I need access to the net. No net, no money, no water. (And that's my best, albeit slightly feeble stab at Devils Advocate).
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also need to pay for electricity, otherwise I wouldn't be able to pump the water into the house. I'd have to rely on buying bottled water for everything. No electricity equals no water.

For me they're all basic utilities. The people who manage the compound we live on seem to take the same view. They give us one bill every month itemising the charges for water, electricity, gas, Internet, and sundries. It does make things a lot easier for us, so I'm happy enough with this system.

Anyway, a lot of people don't even have a computer, never mind broadband, and they're still alive and well.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea , I think in some ways it is as essential sometimes but not everytime.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stupid question. its trying to be clever but in reality its just stupid.
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