Internet access is 'a fundamental right'

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.

Wow. I would hate to be without the internet - it has made my life immeasurably better. However, is internet access really a fundamental human right like access to food, shelter, and medical care?

More information about the poll can be found here:

Apparently the poll was conducted by phone and by in person interviews.

No more so than television, IMO.

No wonder our world is so disordered and broken! Society is in desperate need of healing!

Internet access a basic right? Works for me. As long as it’s free and has download speeds in the gig-per-sec range :rolleyes:


The Internet has also caused a lot of problems. I’m currently in a conundrum. I am proficient at the Internet and use it for many things. But at the same time, I’ve struggled with porn. I’ve removed my internet card from my computer and now I have a removable USB key for Internet. I can leave it at my office or with someone else to prevent my access to the Internet. But I want to start an online business. Difficult situation.

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