Public Internet Access

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Public internet access was first introduced in the early 1990s, at a time when few people had home access to the Net. Nowadays, just about everyone can access the Internet from his or her home computer. However, since reliance on the Internet has grown, the need for public internet access has not diminished, despite the fact that so many people now have home access.

Public Internet Access and Travel

Many people first use public internet access while traveling. I remember the first time I ever used one of these self service kiosks was in an airport in Amsterdam. I had hours to kill, and wanted to check my emails before heading back to the States.

Of course, one doesn't need to travel internationally to require internet kiosk systems. Simply being away from one's office or home computer is reason enough. Airports are popular places to go online publicly, but then again, so are truck stops. Even coffee shops and libraries are common places to pop online for a moment, to check one's email, to look at a sports score, or to look up movie times.

Internet access is particularly convenient on kiosks that include printing capabilities. Being able to print up an important email or flight time is a very valuable service. Many people have access to the Internet through their phones, but still choose to go online at a kiosk, because the systems are easier and quicker to navigate, and come with printers.


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