since the threas closed before i put in my 10c worth
I think it's an absolute neccessity. Sure you can go to the library to use the internet. I work in a public library and every day i see people using the internet because they don't have it at home. They get 1 hour a day, and if you don't get done what you need to do, bad luck. And an hour is a very short time if you have a toddler or two running around the library, while you try to keep them in check and ignore the filthy looks you're getting for 'not supervising your child'. if you're a single mum, you HAVE to take your kids with you, you can't pay bills once they're asleep or quietly playing. There are SO many things that require you to go online now, life is almost impossible if you don't have the internet or are computer illiterate.