incrediBILL - 10:14 am on Jan 6, 2012 (gmt 0)
The most amusing thing here is out of the thousands of years of human civilization we've only had the internet for a couple of decades, and most people didn't even know what it was until the last decade, and suddenly it's like air, we can't live without it, and heaven forbid you get denied access!
Yes, we may rely on the internet heavily, but that doesn't make it a basic human right nor the cornerstone of freedom of speech.
However human rights are worthless if you cut of access to the means to excercise them.
What rights are violated if access to the internet is cut off?
You can still exercise free speech, nobody is stopping you.
You can still tell a crowd, shout it out the window, yell it from a rooftop, put it on a sign and carry it... so on and so forth, so exactly how has your free speech been stopped?
It hasn't, only access to a medium has been blocked which is hardly the same as inhibiting free speech as there are other mediums still available.
Funny, people had free speech before the internet and they still have it when the internet is blocked or inaccessible in any way, shape or form.
It's not a basic right, never was.
How do I know this?
Basic rights don't come with monthly Sprint bills.
Ever hear of smoke signals? signal flags? drums? couriers? messengers? carrier pigeons?
Lots of ways to spread the message without the internet.