"Basic" need? LOL. I would only consider water, food, and shelter basic needs. Everything else are luxuries... including electricity. Are you asking if we can live with or without it? If that's the case, I would say it would be difficult to live without the internet as it provides such great convenience. However, I would never place it on the same level as electricity. If I had to live without the internet, I would. After all, I did that for half my life. I didn't have the internet until the mid to late 1990s. I used it little at that time. Though I use it much more now, it is not a necessity.