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Make access to the Internet a fundamental human right

Comment 19th March 2015

Access to the Internet should be recognized as a fundamental human right, available to everyone. The law should also lay down a minimum standard of service.

The British government has agreed to provide everyone with a minimum 2Mbps broadband connection by 2012 but it is a commitment rather than a legally binding ruling.

Why does this matter?

The Finnish government has recently (July 2010) introduced a new law that makes broadband a legal right. The UK should follow their example.

Internet is not longer a playground: it allows people to connect and share ideas, work away from their offices, obtain news and information.

A BBC World poll earlier this year concluded that almost four in five people around the world believe that access to the internet is a fundamental right; but this right is not reflected in UK law.

The governments should regard the Internet as basic infrastructure – just like roads, waste and water.

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