It means something is everywhere at once.
In the past, many would’ve said the spirit of religion was ubiquitous, not so much now with a high number of atheists in the world (and a reminder to complete the census tonight). No-one can argue that the internet is everywhere and used by almost the entire population of the world. It doesn’t matter is you’re in a first world country or in a third world country, the internet can be accessed from any mobile phone, computer, or tablet that uses microwaves for wireless or is connected through fibre optics, and by anyone.
That is, unless you live in regional Australia.
Yep, this is a rant because I WANT THE INTERENET. But it sounds more and more like those outside of the city will receive it later and later, and at a cost. All the while, the city received it first and as it was promised to be delivered to the actual household.
Let me clarify for other countries. The Australian government made a promise to roll out a national broadband network (nbn) to all homes. All, being the operative word. They went with the first plan where fibre optics was run throughout the streets and up to houses and attached to a special box so an electrician could wire it up and everything would be sweet. This happened in the cities.
As the plan went into action and there were delays and then the costs started to go up, the plan was adjusted so it became more cost effective. Fibre optics would be run to a junction box on the street and the existing copper going into homes (which copper isn’t as fast a conductor as the fibre optics) would be used instead.
Since they began this scheme, Australia has voted in several elections, changed government as well as Prime Ministers as the parties back stab each other, and pretty much given up hope of equality.
I’m lucky where I live, I’m not as isolated as some people in regional Australia who are forced to pay astronomical bills to access the internet for everyday life. Many children living on farming properties in the middle of no-where are forced to attend school online. Their education is at stake if they run out of data or if the signal (because most are satellite as they won’t run the optic fibre out so far). How can this be an issue in Australia in the 21st Century? That’s pathetic, government. These kids NEED the internet. Their parents are being forced to do more business online. So they NEED the internet.
For them, this is life.
For the city, how many people use the internet just hunt Pokemon? The internet is used more as a leisure activity and normally is taken for granted.
Where I live, we haven’t received the nbn yet so I still have to go to the library to use the internet to do book related stuff and to attend university. I have the internet on my phone, yes, but it is slow and temperamental depending on where I sit on the lounge, the signal being lost regularly and data consumed quickly. To get the internet on my home computer isn’t really an option until he nbn is rolled out in full. Hopefully by then, it will be fast, affordable, and pigs will fly.
I did hear a story once, of a person in the middle east standing on a dirt mound and having full internet access to do whatever they liked.
Hey Australian government, where’s the internet? I want to stand on a dirt hill on a farm and be able to use my phone.