Is Internet access a freedom or a privilege?

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 15 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

Om Malik has an interesting question on his site: Is Internet access a freedom or a privilege?

No, this isn’t about you and your parents. It’s about the ability of the government (specifically, the US Government) to regulate how access is charged. I’ve been seeing some interesting articles pop up in the last few months about the where the Internet is going, or rather, how the access to the Internet might change (for the worse). In short, the Internet might end up being ruled by those who control access to it (i.e. Verizon, Qwest, Comcast, SBC, etc).

Having said that, what’s your opinion?

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