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Internet access is 'a fundamental right'
bbc ^ | 3/7/10 | staff

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 ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: access; fundamental; humanrights; internet; right; rights

1 posted on 03/07/2010 8:04:54 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Not surprising that people believe that for some reason, they have a right to the labors of others.


2 posted on 03/07/2010 8:06:22 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Truth - Reality through the eyes of God.)
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To: Nachum

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.


3 posted on 03/07/2010 8:06:23 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Nachum

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.


4 posted on 03/07/2010 8:08:17 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Nachum

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.


5 posted on 03/07/2010 8:08:35 PM PST by freedumb2003 ( Tagline lost -- anyone seen it?)
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To: Nachum

No. Like “health care”, it’s a good, not a right.


6 posted on 03/07/2010 8:08:46 PM PST by ducdriver (judica me, Deus, et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta. (Ps. 42))
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To: Nachum

Maybe - but voicing your opinion on the web will be a privilege....


7 posted on 03/07/2010 8:09:10 PM PST by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Nachum

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?


8 posted on 03/07/2010 8:13:44 PM PST by agooga (Struggling every day to be worthy of their sacrifice.)
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To: Nachum

The rights are freedom of speech, association etc the internet is just a means to access the right!


9 posted on 03/07/2010 8:17:16 PM PST by melsec
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To: Nachum
From the mind of a libtard:

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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!

10 posted on 03/07/2010 8:21:22 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: Nachum

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.


11 posted on 03/07/2010 8:22:44 PM PST by GeronL (I Own Me (yep, boiled down to 6 letters))
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To: Nachum
A "Fundamental Right" is anything you can do by yourself in the middle of nowhere.

Anything else is Social Contract.

12 posted on 03/07/2010 8:23:20 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Tzimisce

Soon you’ll need a license to use the internet or have a website. Microsoft is all for that, btw.


13 posted on 03/07/2010 8:23:33 PM PST by GeronL (I Own Me (yep, boiled down to 6 letters))
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To: Nachum

Shouldn’t TV or a telephone be considered a fundamental right before we jump ahead to internet access?


14 posted on 03/07/2010 8:26:06 PM PST by OCC
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To: melsec

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.


15 posted on 03/07/2010 8:28:25 PM PST by xkaydet65
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To: Nachum
waxenterror

Once Governments start paying for it they have the excuse to control content.

16 posted on 03/07/2010 8:29:23 PM PST by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: Nachum

Prime rib is a fundamental human right.

17 posted on 03/07/2010 8:31:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (If we're an Empire, why are Cuba, Iraq, the Philippines, Japan & Germany independent?)
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To: Nachum

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.....


18 posted on 03/07/2010 8:34:15 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: Nachum
The promise of socialism: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
19 posted on 03/07/2010 8:42:16 PM PST by kittycatonline.com
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To: Nachum

I want cable TV to be the 11th Amendment.


20 posted on 03/07/2010 8:43:16 PM PST by kempster
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To: jakerobins

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.


21 posted on 03/07/2010 8:44:27 PM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: Nachum

....fundamental right, as is democracy c/w freedoms, rights and liberty in the islamic nations that drive the UN.


22 posted on 03/07/2010 8:45:56 PM PST by himno hero
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To: Nachum

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This has got to be a joke.


23 posted on 03/07/2010 9:01:35 PM PST by Touch Not the Cat (You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory; it is better to perish than to live a slave)
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To: Nachum

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.


24 posted on 03/07/2010 9:09:41 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: xkaydet65

Exactly!


25 posted on 03/07/2010 9:28:10 PM PST by melsec
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To: Blood of Tyrants; Nachum

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”?


26 posted on 03/07/2010 10:39:03 PM PST by Erasmus (Lady Remington meets Roman Garrison. Hilarity ensues.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You can have one, two, three, or five, but not four or six.


27 posted on 03/07/2010 10:40:30 PM PST by Erasmus (Lady Remington meets Roman Garrison. Hilarity ensues.)
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To: Nachum

Everyone has a right to purchase it.

No one has a right to tax me to get it!!!


28 posted on 03/07/2010 10:47:17 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Nachum

It shouldn’t be.

We should unplug countries from the internet that don’t enforce against scammers and spammers.


29 posted on 03/07/2010 10:47:23 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: Psycho_Bunny
A "Fundamental Right" is anything you can do by yourself in the middle of nowhere.

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.

30 posted on 03/07/2010 11:37:12 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Nachum
International bodies such as the UN are also pushing for universal net access.

Meaning: Someone needs to be taxed to pay for this "universal" access.

31 posted on 03/08/2010 2:15:01 AM PST by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: Nachum

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.


32 posted on 03/08/2010 2:33:27 AM PST by MrDem (Founder: Democrats for Cheney/Palin 2012)
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To: Erasmus

The first probably.


33 posted on 03/08/2010 5:38:13 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Truth - Reality through the eyes of God.)
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