When I was living in Toronto, Internet was ubiquitous. I was one of the first people in the city (probably the country) to have DSL (1 mb/s). That was around 1998/1999. I was also one of the first people to sign up for HSDPA, paying an exorbitant amount to have fast internet available on my phone (I think I was getting between 1-2 mb/s consistently). That was around 2007. These experiences led me to believe that the Internet was ubiquitous, and that in 2010 we don’t need to worry about not having an Internet connection.
Well, travel 180° around the globe (or to any developing nation really) and things change.