Four In Five Feel Internet Access "Is A Right"

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Broadband Internet. It's a luxury that many of us take for granted, and if it goes out even for a few minutes, we get up in arms about the outage. We expect it to always be there, and we expect it to always work perfectly. Frankly, we don't give a single thought as to how life was pre-broadband. In fact, we probably complain more often than not that our upload speeds are too limited and our ping times are still too high. My, how spoiled we have become. Or have we?

According to a new global survey of 27,000 adults in 26 countries for the BBC World Service, just under 80% of Internet users believed that the Web gave them "greater freedom," while 90% said it was "a good place to learn." What's more amazing is this one: four in five felt that access to the Internet was "a fundamental right," with those feelings being particularly strong in places where access is either limited or restricted in some way (South Korea and China were named in the article).

Residents of the United States were quick to jump on the same bandwagon, while those in Japan tended to be wary of how beneficial being online all of the time really was. Mostly, they weren't confident that it was completely safe to express their opinions online, which was a feeling shared in France, Germany and China.

The real kicker? Of the 27,000 who were polled, over half agreed that the "Internet should never be regulated by any level of government anywhere," which is sure saying a lot given just how regulated it really is in many nations. As for those who thought they might pass out and faint if their Ethernet cord were cut and their Wi-Fi adapter disabled? Over 70% of respondents in Japan, Mexico and Russia said they could not live without the Internet, and we're guessing that 100% of America agreed. For what it's worth, we're in total agreement for the Internet being a right. Power to the surfers!

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shanewu replied on Mon, Mar 8 2010 9:30 AM

A right? Um, no. Entitlement be damned.

"Everyone always wants new things. Everybody likes new inventions, new technology. People will never be replaced by machines. In the end, life and business are about human connections. And computers are about trying to murder you in a lake. And to me, the choice is easy." - Michael Scott (The Office)

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Drago replied on Mon, Mar 8 2010 11:37 AM

If the internet is a right, then i DEMAND to connect to it at faster than dialsuck speeds.

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3vi1 replied on Mon, Mar 8 2010 12:05 PM

The results seem perfectly valid, given the context and the available answers. People answered based on *equal* access, not *free* access.

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Mar 8 2010 12:52 PM

That's a very good and valid point 3vi1 and in that point of view, it is not necessarily a right that you have it free, just a right that it be available. I love it when the anti-entitlement camp starts up, not realizing that it is not the topic of discussion.

Much like the issue on the current tax collection method, or the medical insurance issue, everyone jumps on there band wagon. Little realizing there preaching to the quire, but doing it on a subject that's not being addressed.

I am not entitled to health care insurance, but believe the medical insurance companies are one of the biggest scam's in the US. So they need to be regulated and regulated hard, so I support the national health care package, but not for free insurance.

I also think the tax collection method is ancient to say the least, and does nothing for a good quarter of the country. If a retail tax package were put in place rather than the current tax your pay check on that's in place. The benefits are huge! For one thing I could budget my taxes as could everyone else, plus the fact that you could not cheat on taxes, and therefore everyone citizen, visitor, or illegal immigrant would pay the same taxes for the same life style. This is also not to mention drug dealers, and criminals as well as those who live off the government anyway.

The internet should be a right for availability, and should also be a concentration in the US, because all services are going there in one way or another if there not there already which many are.

Having high bandwidth country wide would also greatly bolster to our nations backbone which would be beneficial for everyone, in every tax bracket, and every social standing. The biggest issue with it I think would be security, and tie in based. Where the current defense, electrical, energy and any other major service is at the moment tied into the grid. This makes us very vulnerable, and at the pace of Washington is going to be so for quite some time.

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shanewu replied on Mon, Mar 8 2010 1:41 PM

I disagree that we know the "context and the available answers"...unless I missed something.

Plus, I think you might be giving the average survey respondent too much credit.

I also think that people use the word "right" too lightly and loosely in this country (and probably others).

Before we start calling internet access a right, shouldn't we try harder to give everyone access to clean water, good education, safety, and other true essentials to living a healthy and happy life?

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acarzt replied on Mon, Mar 8 2010 5:38 PM

I think the ability to get access to the internet should be a right. Just like being able to access any other information such as books, etc.

Free internet however... is not a right. There is a lot that goes into making the internet available. More than people know.

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M-ManLA replied on Mon, Mar 8 2010 5:55 PM

It is not a right really. Just like driving. It is a privilege.

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A Right?! Are Yall serious! I am sure most people who are in that poll, are the ones who grew up with their parent always paying for the internet and complaining if it ever got shut off because Pops had no job for a month. Without realizing that the internet was a product of years of development that took alot of ingenuity and free enterprise to get us to where we are today. I agree it should be affordable and available to everyone, but if you want to hand the reigns over to the gov, then you are handing over your freedoms as well.

These are the same childlike mentalities that also don't remember what real freedom was like and how the Internet was supposed to be a liberating experience for many silent voices in the world, like before the wall came down (do they remember why the wall was put up in the first place?). If a company is innovative and provides quality service and are not taxed to death, then their prices should go down and be available to more consumers. Things are so backwards now that they feel this should be the right and just hand over all control, when you lose control from all other sides! Remember that when the internet was first being developed we had real fraud/identity theft protection, credit reports where free, and the gov was there to protect those freedoms. now it is totally acceptable that those protections are gone, and we are forced to use private (lifelock,online backup,, ect...) organizations regulated by"?", to protect us take all our information for those purposes which can then be controlled by "?"

I could understand if some of our tax dollars are being used to provide ISP's in a regulated manner, while still maintaining private "Pay ISP's" for a more personal use. You either have a right to freedom, or you can chose a right to free internet acess...You cant have both!

Edgar Friendly said it best...

"'cause I like to think, I like to read. I'm into freedom of speech, and freedom of choice. I'm the kinda guy that likes to sit in a greasy spoon and wonder, "Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecue ribs with the side-order of gravy fries?" I want high cholesterol! I wanna eat bacon, and butter, and buckets of cheese, okay?! I wanna smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in the non-smoking section! I wanna run naked through the street, with green Jell-O all over my body, reading Playboy magazine. Why? Because I suddenly may feel the need to, okay, pal? I've seen the future. You know what it is? It's a 47-year-old virgin, sitting around in his beige pajamas, drinking a banana-broccoli shake, singing, "I'm an Oscar Meyer wiener"

As cheesy as it was, I am certain most involved in those polls were just born when that movie came out! Those of us who do remember? It is just like remembering the days before cell phones. When you actually had to meet with people and talk to them, and not text or tweet everything. Now cell phones are not only a luxury, but an integral part of everyday life, and they got that way from companies providing high quality service. Which then brought down the prices and increased the availability. Now everyone has them All over the world! And they DON'T have them because it is their RIGHT.

OK, My rights should be, I deserve an 80" HD flat panel, 48coreAMD/ 8GBGPU Boxx Computer w/five 60displays, BRay player, all game systems with THX 10000w Surround sound, 5acre house in Malibu, with 2 Ferrari's, Puppies, endless munchies, two blonds and two brunettes for wives without having to work or pay for it!?!

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