|reply to JimThePCGuy |
Re: A right?
Not a right - I lean more to a luxury, and if pushed maybe it could be called a utility under a stretch of that term.
actions · 2013-Jan-25 10:56 am · (locked)
I don't see it being much of a stretch to call broadband access to the internet a utility similar to phone service or power, but not certainly not a right. And with being a utility could and perhaps should come some quality of service regulation, since for most of us there are at most two methods of broadband internet access.
actions · 2013-Jan-25 11:06 am · (locked)
|reply to FFH |
i could argue the same for running water in the 1800's , power in the early 1900's, telephone in the early to mid 1900's
civilization moves on technology moves on
like it or not
actions · 2013-Jan-25 11:08 am · (locked)
You can survive without internet, telephone, and power. You can survive without running water too, but not without water in general.
They sound luxuries to me.
actions · 2013-Jan-25 12:20 pm · (locked)
civilizations decided other wise
what you think doesnt matter if the majority think other wise
actions · 2013-Jan-25 12:24 pm · (locked)
|reply to LostInWoods |
said by LostInWoods:Phone, power and television (was originally radio) have already been considered "essential" previously and now Internet access is treated in the same way. I don't know how well the German definition of an "essential part of life" compares to the US legal definition of a "right" (there may be overlap, but I don't think they are truly equivalent). From what I know about Germany, things considered "essential" may be subsidized (or fully paid for) for social security recipients and a landlord may not prevent a tenant from owning "essential items" or receiving "essential services". There are also restrictions on the repossession of goods from people in financial difficulties (for example: one working phone and one working television has to remain in the home because of their status as "essential" items).
I don't see it being much of a stretch to call broadband access to the internet a utility similar to phone service or power, but not certainly not a right.
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actions · 2013-Jan-25 12:47 pm · (locked)
|reply to silbaco |
You do realize that you are on an tech forum.
actions · 2013-Jan-25 12:54 pm · (locked)