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.