Human right to Web seen as way to tax the people

RE: Internet being considered for status as a human right.

A human right? I don’t think so. Yes it is important and a very good tool for communication, education and free speech. This is the first step in saying “if you can’t afford Internet, your government will supply it for you.” I would hate to give up Internet access, but I would hate it even more if I were taxed to provide free Internet service for the poor. In the U.S., the government provides the poor with phone assistance through the Universal Service Fund, a cost that is usually passed on to the phone company consumer.

All telecommunications service providers and certain other providers of telecommunications must contribute to the federal USF based on a percentage of their end-user telecommunications revenues.

Is the phone a human right?  I don’t think so,  Who I help with charity should be my choice, not the government’s.

Dan Jackson
Calhan, Colorado
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