An interesting set of comments about this. Sometimes I get the impression that (a few) Americans are the last people on the Planet to understand the difference between free and subsidized by government…
Finland just passed a law that makes a ‘Legal Right’ for all citizens to have 1Mb Broadband Access by the end of 2015.
I wonder where this is going to end. In this specific case, this almost sounds like a marketing ploy from this government to buy some popularity. After all, to provide this in a small place (5.5 million people aproximately, spread in few population clusters) is probably cheaper than running TV ads or build a few new community centers.
Still, this makes me very worried. We are moving towards societies where everything is a ‘right’. You have a right to computers, broadband, easy loans, free healthcare… We talk about ‘moral hazards’ when we bail out banks but the biggest issue we will have is creating a whole new generation that assumes that all kinds of material things are ‘rights’ that they don’t need to work to have.
All the political pressure from these completely spoiled people would push governments to bankrupt themselves, and in the end that is a real threat to democracy.
I don’t think we are far from this. I hope this crisis makes this self evident but it might just get forgotten soon. You better wake up people.