When I was young, The closest thing people had to an always-on Internet connection was a phone line nobody used to call others. Simply being able to talk or send a text message on a cellphone was cool. If you wanted to use the Internet, you had to use a computer. And there was no such thing as Wi-Fi - you had to go to a place where you could use a wired connection, such as a public library. On that note, I remember my local library had a Telnet server that would give local residents access to the library's catalog.