It is also important to note that the Internet is not everywhere. While we may have access to the Internet in our homes we may not have that same access away from home. The speeds and reliability of that home connection may also not support “streaming audio” to listen to the BBC or VOA or other news outlet.
It is disappointing to see shortwave transmitters going silent. In a time when it is easier for governments to control information coming into their countries, it is more important to turn these shortwave transmitters on and push the truth into these areas than rely on a medium that we cannot predict or control.