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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  • cammmy
    Wow! 4 out of 5 people are idiots
  • Repelsteeltje
    I disagree. It effectively means that we owe everybody a broadband connection. I don't want to pay for that. If people can't afford it, they can always go to a public library, school or other social facility. What do people do on the net anyway... Porn, games, shopping and social blabbing.

    PS: I live in Finland.
  • BeakerUK
    I wouldn't say it's a basic right. Internet access is a luxury, though people seem to assume it's an automatic thing that they are entitled to a fast internet connection these days. If people can't afford a quick connection then as the other poster said, they can always use a public connection somewhere. Hell, a BT line isn't a right over here! If it was then they wouldn't be able to get away with the extortionate amount they do for pressing buttons in an office to activate or transfer a line (£125 for pressing a few buttons, and flipping an active line over to my name was what I got quoted when I asked!).