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Will internet ever be free all over the world?

That's an interesting question, and the way you asked it leaves many possibilities as to the answer. You could be asking various different things such as:

  • Will everyone have access to the internet?
  • Will the internet be available at no cost to users?
  • Will the internet be uncensored?

At some point, an even greater percentage of the world will have access to the internet. There will likely always be some people who aren't connected to the Web, but greater than 80% will have access. Telecommunications companies in the US such as AT&T and Verizon have been given money from the government to build the fiber optic infrastructure here, but there's still a long way to go. (This begs the question of whether dial-up, or even DSL can be considered "access.")

There will always be governments such as the one in China that censor the internet so their people can't see specific information. This is used as a tool to control the population. Authoritarian governments aren't likely to give up tools like that as it helps them spread only the message they want, and thus stay in power. 

The internet will not be provided without cost to users. Even if it's a "necessary" service, it's one that has a cost to provide. The water and electricity in our houses are necessary for us to live, but they have fees. This is because they have costs associated in order to deliver them, and those costs must be paid by someone. It is possible to have them provided by the government, but that means everyone is taxed more in order to pay for it. 

The world we live in is becoming increasingly connected and increasingly dependent on having an internet connection, but the costs won't go away. More people will have access, but someone will still have to pay for the maintenance and the installation of the infrastructure necessary to deliver the service. Even once those capital expenditures are paid off, there are still ongoing costs associated with running the network, so the costs will continue. 

tl;dr Free internet sounds nice, but nothing is free. Someone always has to pay. Until such time as the government decides to tax all of us in order to provide it at a shared price, we'll have to continue paying individually. 


The short answer is yes and no.

I explain myself better, currently are in  developments countless projects that seek a massive and significant globalization of the Internet all with the firm objective of providing people something that has become almost a right by nature and is access to information. In fact Google has currently set the goal of starting to launch solar-powered hot air balloons that are capable of providing high-speed internet totally free to everyone. However all these projects hardly come out as anticipated and is that currently there are countries dominated by tyrants or without the necessary resources to access the network. 

For example, it will help that there are balloons that provide internal high in the skies in countries where its inhabitants do not even know how to use a computer or even worse where they do not have the resources to buy or access one.

On the other hand in a perfect scenario where there is the connection and the equipment that allow access to the network are also the fences that their rulers constantly put to block free access to information. That's why I consider that everything is relative and will depend on how the world and civilization evolve.

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It would be great but I don't think so. We all need internet, not only for entertainment but for business purposes. A lot of businesses are depending on internet. 

Some countries see this as a great opportunity to make money. I don't want to name any country but there was a case not so long ago, the government in a country has decided to tax the internet providers, which meant they had to collect the tax from the consumers. This has caused a public rage, people went out to protest, which led to violence and the law was withdrawn. 

I don't believe internet is ever going to be free, but I do believe it's going to be cheaper in the future. And we have to mention those countries with high level of illiteracy, where just a tiny part of the population has a computer and in these countries I guess people are paying a lot for the internet. 


Maybe not totally free there is a cost providing access. These costs can be reduced by a few ways, We are a long way off from having this. 

Both internet and Items like smart phones will be provided later by industries that wish you to see their advertisement.

The cost of the phone and access to the internet might very well be paid by the company who want you to use their services and see the advertisements they provide through the service.


No, I do not think that will happen. Operating the Internet requires a lot of resources and effort from many stakeholders. So it must be paid in one way or another. It is conceivable (and a bad idea) that a government chooses to pay its taxes, but make no mistake, it is not free.

I know a quote that said "Anything that 's' free' has been paid for. So no place would be more correct than in this case.