Vast Majority Feel Internet Access is a Right

A survey conducted by the BBC finds that 80 percent of users feel that Internet access is a right, not a privilege

By Tony Bradley, PC World |  Internet, BBC, Tech & society

I agree completely that the government shouldn't "regulate" the Internet. However, I also feel that it is within the scope of the FCC charter that it provide oversight and guidance to ensure fair and unrestricted access for all. Had the survey included a statement such as "Internet providers should never be allowed to discriminate against specific groups of users, or restrict Internet access under any circumstances" that the response would have been overwhelmingly in favor of that statement as well.

Fraud was the number one concern identified by those polled. More than 30 percent cited fraud as their most serious concern, while violent and explicit content came in at 27 percent, and privacy came in third with only 20 percent declaring it a major concern.

The survey focused on individual users, but a similar survey of businesses, or IT administrators would probably find both fraud and privacy, or possibly data leakage, cited as primary concerns. The explosion of mobile devices and social networking use within enterprise environments has exposed businesses to a whole new set of issues as it relates to Internet access.

While the BBC survey is touted as a global survey with results from over 26 countries, the United States is glaringly absent from any of the cited statistics and figures.

Tony Bradley is co-author of Unified Communications for Dummies. He tweets as @Tony_BradleyPCW, and can be contacted at his Facebook page.


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