"No, not in the sense you're thinking of." He sighs and looks towards the sky. "Okay, so you guys have the Starfleet Database, and most planets in the Federation have their own semi-self contained networks, which for the most part evolved from the pre-warp internet for most human planets, and the equivalent on primarily alien worlds. You follow so far?" He asks, glancing at Cheri. With a small nod from her he continues.
"Well, from what I've seen the biggest thing keeping you from merging those networks into a single Internet system that spans the entire Federation is a lack of bandwidth. The subspace network, at least as it is now, simply cannot support the amount of data traffic that an internet spanning even a few systems would require."
"In my universe however, the peaceful conclusion of our World War III and the subsequent merging of Technos and biological humans into a single society led to a boom in our understanding of quantum computing and quantum physics. To the point where the first near-C probe we sent to Alpha Centauri contained a quantum beacon, which not only allowed instant communication between Sol and the probe, but also acted as a guiding system for our early FTL drives. Eventually, every single large city on every planet in our domain contained what we call a "Think Tank". A massive network hub and administration system run by a Techno which vastly increases said Techno's processing power and speed. These Think Tanks assist in the administration of the city under which it resides as well as perform research on various topics, but their primary purpose is to act as the guardians of the Network. They administrate it, and protect it from interference both internal and from outside sources."
"Im explaining all of this so that you understand when I say that, in my universe, the pre-WWIII internet has evolved to encompass the entirety of human controlled space, I don't mean a system like yours where updates to the database are limited to the arrival of Starfleet ships and Subspace data-bursts, but a fully interconnected network containing everything from memes to military communication. People can argue over inane topics on discussion forums from opposite ends of Human Space in real time. A person can post a video and it could go viral across all of human space in moments. Military communication in the field is done entirely through Network links run through specialist Think Tanks in Sol and Alpha Centauri. In my universe, unless you choose to forgo a Network link, you are constantly connected to a virtual hivemind of thoughts and ideas, feelings and dreams. A connection to almost every other human alive. It is a noise you cannot imagine, but a comfort you cannot imagine either. Humans, whether biological or technological, are social creatures. We crave the comfort of being with others we identify with. And no human in my universe is alone unless they choose to be..." He turns back to Cheri, sorrow clear in his body language. "All of that was torn from me in an instant. I'm alone here. Far more than you could imagine. The only beings like me here are some alien species, certain Starfleet computer cores, and Lt. Commander Data. Now, I'm not xenophobic, but there's a certain amount of disconnect between mentalities for most other species, on top of them being biological. The Nebula class computer cores are at least able to connect to me on a similar level as what I'm used to, but they are just on the wrong side of awareness. Even the Lt. Commander is... I don't know... I was really hoping that he'd be someone I could at least have a conversation with without having to use basically all of my processing power on doing other things in my VR space just so I can follow the conversation without waiting for what feels like an eternity for each response. But not only can he apparently not think much faster than a particularly gifted human, but he doesn't even understand how his own mind works."
"The noise that reminded me of who I was and that I would never truly be alone is gone, and the silence is deafening."