Online. It's like life except you gotta plug stuff in before you can use it.
There's a day coming when we won't need modems. When we're blanketed in free Wi-Fi the same way we're blanketed in oxygen. There's a day when smart companies will pay for all Internet trimmings, in hopes that maybe we'll buy stuff once we're online. But, sadly, that day ain't here yet. So for now? You gotta get a modem.