Should the state provide an internet connection for everyone?

@howhigh (758)
Canada
April 27, 2007 2:07pm CST
Do you think at some point it will become a basic right like shelter, utilities and food?
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@healwell (1271)
• Ahmedabad, India
28 Apr 07
In India we have ask for connection and have to pay as per our need and use! But the overall picture is now good because of the basic need of internet and world wide range of communication has created a wave of availability with low prices and it looks that within 2/3 years internet would be at evry home as comodity like electricity! A good hope!
@howhigh (758)
• Canada
29 Apr 07
the growth of the internet worldwide can start to give back what previous forms of globalization stifled.
• India
27 Apr 07
yes , i think internet brings revolution in information and knowledge system. so everbody should have it.
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@howhigh (758)
• Canada
27 Apr 07
This is my reasoning too! The revolution in information and knowledge is speeding up technology and culture.. with the internet smart ideas get noticed quickly and bad ideas rejected. Take for example democracy in the past electing representitoves made sense becasue not everyone coudl get to town and vote.. now with the internet everyones voice can be heard for almost no fee.. is that form of democracy and right to knowledge important? In the past the public opinion wasn't important because noone coudl ever get all of the opinions with the internet you can
@patgalca (14133)
• Orangeville, Ontario
27 Apr 07
I don't think so. I think tax payers' money is better spend feeding people's minds with books (libraries), their tummies with food, and providing them with adequate health care. You want a computer? You buy it. You want internet connection? You pay for it. You want a car? You pay for it. These are luxuries. If you want luxuries and can afford them then it is up to you to pay for it, not the government. They have more important things to look after.
@howhigh (758)
• Canada
27 Apr 07
I agree that it is currently something that poeople today get with their disposable income. BUt imagine the world 70 years ago when not everyone had a phone and now its really cheap and people have multiple phones cell phones and free calling times. IN the future do you not think internet will take that role and become a standard right? The phone is not really a basic right but they are so cheap and easy to get that its availablity is similar to many other basic rights.
@howhigh (758)
• Canada
28 Apr 07
So do you think it is getting cheaper? My aruement may not be about our lives but those of the future.. do you think that internet and the communication it allows will become nessecity to stay competitive in business?
@patgalca (14133)
• Orangeville, Ontario
28 Apr 07
I would hope it would get cheaper in this generation because there are so many internet server companies vying for our business. But the phone company has been around for almost 100 years and they just keep finding new things to charge us for. I think items (vcrs, dvds, cell phones, computers themselves) get cheaper but though the service fees may decrease, they will find other fees to add on. Either way, it is not the government's job to pay for it.