Originally Posted by REC
I think to understand this you need to be a bit more forward thinking. Saying "what if you have no network connection?" someday will be like saying "what if the power goes out?". You don't refuse to buy a fridge because the power goes out less than once a year, or refuse to buy light bulbs because the power grid has occasional brown outs. Likewise you won't make this assumption anymore once the network is always present, always on and everywhere (minus the short and rare outages similar to today's power grid). Today the power might go out in your house, you don't refuse to buy a desktop computer because of this small chance?
You're making a VERY bad analogy. The difference between Internet service and Power is that Power is regulated (and often served by government entity)... it's often very close to a right (ie, power loss during winter months is cruel even if you don't pay the bills - often city/state governments forbid power operators from shutting off power during winter months to prevent deaths).
If we had any meaningful movement on Network Neutrality, I might have agreed with you, but it seems we're going in the opposite direction: now corporations can directly buy the political spectrum.
Expect the Internet to become like Cable TV (pricey and horrible service/quality)... sad, but more likely than your utopian vision of ubiquity above.