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35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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7. Television Operation Will Have Several Problems

While most might assume that without the internet, television will be a great source of entertainment for us. However, you should probably be aware that the TV industry will also have several problems too. Currently, Digital signals tend to work with radio waves, yet a lot of the towers use the internet to send out or direct the signals.

They can always be re-made to work without the internet but most Hollywood works through the internet to send and set up regular programming. Sporting events often use the internet to send the signal from games to places that then bounce it off of a particular service’s satellite. All of these operate through the internet during the entire process. Local content like Cable Access shows may become popular once again.

35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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6. Business Marketing Change-Up

It’s actually very rare that a major company markets directly to certain towns, counties, or states in the U.S. currently. Local companies do, but this is obvious. Yet even they try to market out a bit to expand their business. However, one of the things that could likely happen if we lost the internet is that business marketing would change drastically almost overnight.

Internet marketing will be gone and therefore both radio and television, along with traditional signs and posters will be implemented. Everything will also market toward the local audience, meaning major companies may have different commercials for people depending on the state they are in.

35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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5. National Defenses Will Have Several Problems

Every nation has some form of National Defense, with the biggest nations having the most impressive types. Yet one of the things that could likely happen if we lost the internet is that these defense groups would be tragically handicapped. First and foremost, we track things like bombs or invasions by using technology that needs the internet to operate.

That means nations could be invaded before realizing it and likely will have trouble calling for help too. On top of this, if a nuke is sent, we would not know until the last minute. We also use several different resources to track enemies of the state as well as other dangerous individuals. All of this and likely most of the data on them will be gone in an instant.

35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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4. Stock Markets Worldwide Will Crash

Stock Markets tend to be one of the worst things to put your money into at times because any random thing can cause people to sell off stock. Companies have had small hiccups that cost them billions, not within a problematic business move, but due to stock prices dropping. These timid crazies sell over the wind blowing too hard, so they certainly will sell in this situation.

They may struggle to do so though, as most of these systems run off of the internet. Of course, all brokers tend to communicate often with people they are employed by. This will be hard with some not using landlines. They may also get tons of calls and not be able to handle all the selling. With all of this happening likely worldwide, stock markets will crash.

35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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3. Many Power Companies will Shut Off Power

Power Companies will indeed cut power if the world suddenly did not have access to the internet long-term. Most Power Companies actually run off of systems that are completely wired to work through the internet. A lot of these power grids run on servers that are internet-based. Heck, most power can be turned on and off within minutes.

A customer service person only has to send a message for this to be done. Some just click an “on” or “off” button on their computer, as they are connected to the power grid within their server. With the current tech not working, power companies will cut power for at least a week or so to figure things out. Even power bills are mostly paid online, so that could be trouble too.

35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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2. The Power of Knowledge

Today, when you do not know something, what is the first thing you do? You Google it, right? You’re not alone, as most of us do this today to either confirm our opinion or find something out all the time. Yet one of the things that could likely happen if we lost the internet is that people with true knowledge will become drastically more important to society.

People like Aristotle in his time were considered one of the most brilliant people alive and were even against writing stuff down when it was growing in popularity. He felt it would result in memory not being held to a high standard. People like him will be important for our new internet-less existence. Those with impressive knowledge and memory skills will be useful due to access to some books being nonexistent, as well as a lot of content that was completely based online.

35 Things that Could Likely Happen if the Internet Shut Down
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1. A New Form of Internet

With the internet no longer possible to use worldwide, some genius will figure out a way to get some version of it back. The internet ran completely through phone lines years ago. Eventually high-speed and WiFi came into play and changed the game. The older Dial-Up internet was slow, yet it still worked.

Sadly, the internet mostly comes from satellites in space that we now can’t access. Even cable companies use them. However, if we had a signal that worked off of something like radio waves do with towers, this could result in a new form of internet. It would likely not be fast and be completely localized to small pockets. Yet it could still work.

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