Skip to comments.Internet access is 'a fundamental right'
Posted on 03/07/2010 8:04:54 PM PST by Nachum
Almost four in five people around the world believe that access to the internet is a fundamental right, a poll for the BBC World Service suggests.
The survey - of more than 27,000 adults across 26 countries - found strong support for net access on both sides of the digital divide.
Countries such as Finland and Estonia have already ruled that access is a human right for their citizens.
International bodies such as the UN are also pushing for universal net access.
"The right to communicate cannot be ignored," Dr Hamadoun Toure, secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), told BBC News.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...
Not surprising that people believe that for some reason, they have a right to the labors of others.
Every single “fundamental right” that involves requiring the service or invention of someone else is creating more and more classes of indentured servants to the system- to the point we are all indentured servants to the system.
And if four in five people believed they should have free housing and get paid a million bucks for sitting on the beach, I guess they’d be right, too, right BBC?
Idiots. The only thing that poll shows is a huge lack of understanding about what a right is, in a very small sampling of people, and the ignorance of the press to try to pass this off as a legitimate piece of news.
A 2010 ‘Vette Convertible is, to me, a Fundamental Right.
As is a house in Malibu (all utilities included).
It is so because I say so.
No. Like “health care”, it’s a good, not a right.
Maybe - but voicing your opinion on the web will be a privilege....
So are they saying it must be available to anyone who wants to order it? Or that it must be provided to anyone (free of charge) who needs it and can’t afford it?
The rights are freedom of speech, association etc the internet is just a means to access the right!
But, but, but... what of the illiterates?
How can they use the internet if they can't read? We ought to shut it all down until the gub’ment can redesign it so even a blind, deaf, illiterate quadriplegic can use it!
Anything else is denying a ‘fundamental right’ to human beings!
Thats why Obama has launched the National Broadband Plan... cuz you foolish taxpayers will now make sure the poor have better internet service than you do.
Anything else is Social Contract.
Soon you’ll need a license to use the internet or have a website. Microsoft is all for that, btw.
Shouldn’t TV or a telephone be considered a fundamental right before we jump ahead to internet access?
Do I have the right to a 50K radio station to express my freedom of speech?Has anyone in the last 134 years argued that free access to telephone service was a right? Too many today, and health care is a prime example, knowingly transpose entitlement with right.
Once Governments start paying for it they have the excuse to control content.
Prime rib is a fundamental human right.
More Socialist BS......Trying to convince people that the goods and services of others should be redistributed to them for free by the Gov’t.....
I want cable TV to be the 11th Amendment.
Great as it seems to have really worked out in the past to sieze and redistribute.
The only problem is the redistribution part of the plan never pans out and genecide by starvation follows.
Took 2yrs to happen in Poland.
My thought is all these folks pushing for equal rights for their lifestyles maybe in for a big suprize when the tables turn on all of us.
....fundamental right, as is democracy c/w freedoms, rights and liberty in the islamic nations that drive the UN.
This has got to be a joke.
A right can only come from our Creator and NEVER from a government, another person, etc...
This is nothing but the control freaks in the media that want to control the information. The Internet has destroyed them, and it’s still one place that freedom truly exist.
But what precisely did the question mean; what was it taken to mean? As stated in this report it is ambiguous.
Did it mean, “I want to have unfettered access to the internet, provided to me at no cost to myself”?
Or did it mean “I disavow the right of any party to limit my use of the internet, so long as I pay a mutually-agreed price to some provider”?
You can have one, two, three, or five, but not four or six.
Everyone has a right to purchase it.
No one has a right to tax me to get it!!!
It shouldn’t be.
We should unplug countries from the internet that don’t enforce against scammers and spammers.
In addition, it is something you can enjoy without diminishing another individual.
Ayn Rand noted that true principles can be repeated ad infinitum. Altruism is not a true principle. It diminishes the participant on every iteration until there remains nothing to give but life itself. Socialism is involuntary altruism coerced and enforced by a totalitarian government.
Meaning: Someone needs to be taxed to pay for this "universal" access.
And anyone who has a job will be taxed so welfare parasites can be given $500 smart phones to surf the Internet. It’s their right.
The first probably.
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