Network access should become one of the fundamental rights and the web is one of the essential tools of interaction and access to the services, personal, family and professional asset comparable to the light, water and gas. The medical emergency has given a vital push to the digitalization process and for 8 out of 10 Italians the web should be guaranteed to everyone and more than 60% would like to have 5G available as soon as possible. These are just some of the facts from the Censis report titled “Connectivity worth in Italy after Covid-19” produced together with WINDTRE.
According to the report there are 46 million people connected to the internet and 65% of them connect both via wire and via cellular internet, 14,1% only via cellular and 12,1% only via wired internet connection.
86,3% of the Italians are convinced that the internet access should be guaranteed to everyone everywhere. The percentage that rises up to 93,6% among younger audience, although almost the totality of the respondents thinks that the cost of the connectivity should be subsidized at least partially by the fiscal entity. The goal is a widespread economically convenient access and high-speed connection.
A lot has already been done, however, there is still a long road ahead to fill the digital divide and remove the barriers for accessing the network. More than 13 million Italians are saying that they are planning to upgrade the wired internet connection in the following months and 3 million Italians would like to enable it for the first time. 60,4% agrees to make the 5G connection available country-wide (and the number rises to 67,4% if we look at respondents with a degree and 77,3% among younger audience). Only 14,4% remain contrary to the idea of 5G believing that it can be harmful for one’s health.