Imagine you are living in the late 1800s, in the midst of the industrial revolution. You make your living by working with a brand new invention: the sewing machine. It is a marvel of mechanical innovation. Harnessing the power of physics with levers and pulleys, not only is your job more efficient, but you are able to tackle larger projects than you ever could have dreamed without it.
One day, you’re speeding through a large order until all of a sudden, you’re not. Your machine has stopped working. The moving parts are all functioning. The machine has been well oiled and maintained. There is nothing wrong with it, but it is no longer able to sew.
You call in a repairman who does a few checks and returns with his verdict, “Sorry, the gravity is kind of spotty today.” What? “Yeah, well, this machine uses gravity to perform its basic functions. These levers fall back into place, the belt is weighed down by buffers, etc. But today, the gravity seems to be going on and off. All you can do is wait it out.”
Our smartphones, our computers, the tools we use for everyday productivity today, rely just as much on internet access as tools from the industrial revolution did on gravity. Communication between our devices is an integral part of modern industry. When all of a sudden it goes out, it’s like gravity has stopped working. For our current revolution to progress, we need to be able to rely on internet as readily and consistently as we do newtonian physics. And its coverage is flawless.