The United Nations has deemed high-speed internet access a basic human right, and further says denying such service goes against international law. Obama latched on and the Department of Agriculture will dole out your tax money in excess of $400M to provide the service to those deemed deserving – the poor in rural areas. Ag Secretary Tom Vilseck believes Internet access will provide better health care and education and wait for it…jobs. Fifteen states will receive government grants totaling almost $411 Million. That’s only 15 states so we can see where this is going. Behold the new stimulus.
“Perhaps not coincidentally, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations General Assembly recently determined that, like healthcare, shelter and food, broadband access is a basic human right that allows people to “exercise their right to freedom of opinion and expression.” In a lengthy reportaddressing obstacles that challenge the right of all individuals to receive information through the internet, the U.N. demands that governments worldwide make the internet “widely available, accessible and affordable to all segments of the population.”
Here is the reasoning: “Given that the internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the internet should be a priority for all states,” the famously corrupt world body says in its report. The U.N. also demands that governments offer special “internet literacy skills” training to help the underserved with computer skills. This could very well be the Obama Administration’s next publicly-funded project.” Source: Judicial Watch
In several reports I see the example of Egypt attempting to shut-down the internet during the so-called Arab Spring cited as a loss of human rights, which is correct, never mind there are no “basic human rights” in Muslim countries.
In the U.S. we are now equivocating the fact that people choose to live in places without internet access and saying we will provide it courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.
Is this about denying access or providing free access? Do the poor in these rural areas already have computers, or are we providing those as well? How long before deeming every home must have a computer for every resident is a basic human right? How long before declaring a two-car family to be a basic human right? That would be a hybrid two-car family of course. H/T BadBlue