When the internet goes offline: The internet is dying, a new report finds
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In the late 19th century, the US government built the first public-telecommunications network in the country, which helped people communicate by teletype and enabled telephones.
But today, most Americans don’t have a cell phone or internet connection, and there’s no central communications system to guide people from place to place.
A new report released Thursday by the Brookings Institution says that as the internet’s popularity increases, more people will want to use public telephones and telecommunications systems, which are being phased out.
The report, entitled The Internet is Dying: The End of Public Telephones and Telecommunications, analyzes the impact of digital technologies, including smart phones, laptops, video conferencing and home automation.
It says that the loss of telecommunication and the loss in the economy of jobs caused by automation and mass digitization are forcing Americans to choose between the two.
“The internet has been a major catalyst for the end of public telephony and telecommunication systems,” Brookings’ Robert E. Lucas said.
Since the 1960s, the Internet has grown from a tiny community of a few dozen people in California into a worldwide network with millions of people worldwide, with more than 40 million devices and counting, the report says.
In the report, Lucas says that in 2020, about 60 percent of the world’s population will be connected to the internet, up from about 40 percent in 2015.
By 2050, more than 95 percent of people in the world will have a smartphone, up more than 80 percent from today.
The Brookings report notes that many of the people who are losing their jobs because of automation are young workers who are expected to become digital natives in the next five to 10 years.
Lucas says that even though there are a lot of people working in telecommunication and telecommunications, the loss will disproportionately affect older workers who rely on their older colleagues.
“The decline in telecommunicative skills and productivity is going to have a very dramatic effect on people’s ability to earn their living and continue to support themselves,” he said.
The report says the loss is not only being felt by younger people.
Among those 65 and older, fewer than half of all workers are working from home, the Brookings report says, and those aged 45 to 54 are more likely to be working from their home than younger workers.
In 2020, millennials are expected with a 3 percent unemployment rate, down from 10 percent in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
As the population ages, people are more reliant on public telecommunications systems and are more at risk of losing jobs, the authors say.
These changes will be particularly hard for the elderly, which have a higher mortality rate than the younger generation, the researchers said.
“When people are older, their skills and their ability to support their families will be even more limited,” Lucas said, adding that the aging population is also more likely than the other age groups to have physical and mental health problems, which will contribute to the loss.
The new Brookings report comes as a bipartisan group of senators, led by Sens.
Ron Wyden Ronald (Ron) Lee WydenExperts see 5G as defense to ‘Stingray’ spying Hillicon Valley: SEC charges Elon Musk with fraud | New flaws found in voting machines | EU probing Amazon’s copycat products | Salesforce to meet privacy concerns with encryption MORE (D-Ore.) and Cory Booker Cory Anthony BookerWarren: ‘I’m not going to let you down’ as Trump seeks to revive economy | Senate Dems urge Senate to vote on Kavanaugh nomination Trump orders FCC to release new details on telematics rules as FCC rules come under fire Trump’s call to cancel FCC ‘s telematic rules’ could trigger a major lawsuit MORE (N.J.), is pushing to update the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to extend telecommunication service and provide financial incentives for small businesses.
The bill has bipartisan support and is expected to be considered by the Senate this week.
In the late 19th century, the US government built the first public-telecommunications network in the country, which helped people communicate…