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Hello denizens of the information age! October 15, 2009

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This is our inaugural post! The “Infomavens” come from an eclectic background that you can check out under PupFiction and DataDuchess pages.  And don’t forget to check out what we are all about.

I’m going to start this blog off with a bang and bring up one of the most interesting debates going on in the information world: Is broadband a legal right? Or, in other words, should it be? Finland certainly thinks so. What do you think?

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1. dataduchess - October 16, 2009

I think that “Rights” are something to be taken very seriously, and be promoted and preserved. In this country there are only a few things that courts have upheld to be actual “Rights” – things that a person cannot be denied (like public education), as opposed to things that are merely “privileges”.

In our society, access to the internet ought to be more than merely a privilege. With so many services being provided exclusively online, and the extinction of many alternative sources of services and information, Internet access is quickly becoming a necessity.

There are many modes of access to the Internet, including local libraries, Internet Cafes, and cheap Dial-up options. Broadband is a great option – but I don’t think it rises to the level of a Right.

When Broadband becomes a right, people will expect it to be handed to them, and how will that be accomplished and how will it be paid for? If Finland can do it, that’s great, but I wouldn’t expect to see it in the US anytime soon. Or perhaps ever, since our courts are stingy with their definition of “right”.

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