You mean free internet or paid? The price I pay for high speed tells me it's a right. Free WiFi at local businesses would be a convenience, therefore I suppose, considered a luxury. Internet may have been a luxury 25 years ago, but the world today couldn't function without it.
The Net was a luxury but now it has become a neccessity as people can earn a living and stay in touch. But I still dont get it how the authourities coulf let something like this flourish and entrench itself in our lives when we keep getting told of resource shortage/power resources shortage.It doesnt add up even if weve had it for the last 25 years or so. Yesterday morning at 4.45am I had just finished making a coffee and the power dropped out. I dont know why but that morning my mind flew to countries that spend 6 months in darkness and what if a foreign country who owned our power supply retaliated and switched of our power for good.
It's both. When the internet was created by the US Government and later allowed to be used by civilians it was a right for all to communicate. A bit better than the existing bulletin boards. Very quickly some with big bucks grabbed onto an opportunity and found a gold mine charging fees, then by the hour, for access. I remember the constant wars between Compuserve and AOL for supremacy and local dial-up territories. It's a luxury in the same sense you have a right to buy a BMW, but it's also a luxury.