Broadband is a Human Right


Wrote this up back in December and never hit 'publish.' Oops! A lot has happened since, like the treatment of broadband not as a utility but as a common carrier. There's a big difference, duly pointed out and well described by Mike Masnick over at TechDirt. I think that broadband being accessible to everyone like a utility is still a position worth posting, though. So, here it is. Tim Berners-Lee said that internet access is a human right. I'll go one further: I think broadband is a human right and should be considered a basic utility like water, electricity, or gas. That is, the infrastructure should be put in place, like telephone lines were, to bring broadband access to everyone no matter how remote they may be. And then, yes, like he says, protected from meddling.

Internet founder Tim Berners-Lee believes the Internet should be recognized as a basic human right and should be protected from interference by politics and commercial bodies.

Berners-Lee also spoke about Europe's "right to be forgotten," suggesting that it may not actually be such a good idea, at the LeWeb conference in Paris,

"This right to be forgotten -- at the moment, it seems to be dangerous," said Berners-Lee at the event on Wednesday. "The right to access history is important."

via Web Innovator Tim Berners-Lee: Internet Is a Human Right : PERSONAL TECH : Tech Times.

This goes hand-in-hand with the idea of protecting net neutrality--the notion that all traffic should be treated equally by internet service providers--and that is a perfect reason to post a video of John Oliver. (As if anyone ever needs a reason to post John Oliver.)

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