QOTD: Is Internet Access a Fundamental Right?

In October of last year, Finland became the first country to make broadband a legal right. Come July, every person in Finland will have the right to a one-megabit broadband connection and the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications has guaranteed that by 2015, this will be upped to a 100-megabit connection.

Today a new survey shows that 80 percent of people believe that Internet access is a fundamental right. BBC News today reports that a survey of more than 27,000 adults across 26 countries shows that four out of five people believe that Internet should be a basic right. 

Today's question of the day is: do you think Internet access should be a fundamental right?

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  • groveborn
    No, it is not a "basic" right. A basic right is something that cannot be done without. Speech, religion, not being beaten, those are basic rights. Internet access is a luxery.

    I'd much rather my country give us free water. Water should be a right. Electricity would also be nice, but that's asking a lot.
  • cscott_it
    Telephone isn't a right, internet access isn't a right either.

    However, for low income families there should be a low-speed discount/coupon. As contradictory as this may sound, I think that children need to grow up somewhat exposed to the internet\computer, or their chances of adapting to non-blue collar job are slim.
  • frozenlead
    No. There are dozens of other paths of communication that can be undertaken if the Internet is not present. Sure, the Internet is the most dynamic and useful of all, but it's not necessary for basic and/or civil life. Some may argue that you require it for work and such - but then shouldn't your employer provide you with it during work hours? Does everyone have a right to own a car? No. It's a luxury. We're certainly attached to the Internet a lot, but in no way does that make it necessary, or necessarily a right.
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  • tramit
    No.... there is life beyond the internet....
  • deltatux
    I still am not sure if it should be considered a basic human right. However, a minimum of 1 megabit as a law sounds good.
  • rockinthepe
    no, its a luxury, not a necessity like food clothing or shelter.