The New Entitlement: “Universal Internet Access”


Forget a defacto entitlement for contraception. The new hotness is universal internet access.

Because we can’t just expect people do pay to download their own porn.

( – U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the federal government “will do all we can” to support the use of technology in education because technology “can even the playing field” for low-income, minority and rural students who don’t have laptops and i-phones at home.

“The future of American education undoubtedly includes a laptop on every desk and universal Internet access in every home. It definitely includes more on-line learning,” Duncan told a conference in Austin, Texas, last week.

Education in the U.S. is a state and local responsibility, but “[i]nsuring educational equity is at the heart of the federal role in education,” Duncan said. “It opens doors for all students as long as we make sure that the students most in need have access.”

So, under the guise of improving education, the federal government is aiming at creating a universal entitlement for the internet. Because apparently our country isn’t broke enough without adding to the taxpayers’ pile of obligations.

And there are some real risks here. As we’re learning with health care, when the government takes control over providing access for something (be it health insurance or internet access) they also take control over what is offered. Under the auspices of Obamacare, the federal government can decide what sort of health insurance policies you can buy and what those policies will and will not cover.

Is it really so far-fetched to think that, in a situation with government-backed universal internet access, the government will also start deciding how fast that internet will go and what we can access through it?

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

Related posts

  • Camsaure

    That is exactly their objective, to control the content. Can’t be havin those pesky bloggers thwarting the rest of the state run media and their propaganda.

  • SigFan

    Actually, proper use of technology resources can have a positive effect on education outcomes.  But, it’s up to the parents and the local schools to decide what they provide and who pays for it (and it shouldn’t be the taxpayers).  All this is is another thinly veiled attempt to get control of the internet and the content it provides.  A back-door way to the utopian Fairness Doctrine/Net Neutrality dream.

  • Spartacus

    I read elsewhere that it’s free convenient parking.

  • Commander

    Where did all these socialist ideas come from? Kagan?  We know Obama is a socialist but how did the colleges get there?  We have  quotas re who gets in to college.  If you live in Connecticut, forget about going to school at Yale unless you are a so-called minority.

  • Random Passerby

    Concurr in the views that this is an attempt to gain control of the intertubes, since net-neutrality failed. After all, if this is now a right, the right must be protected, and who does the protecting hmmm?

  • Kevin Flanagan

    What are public libraries for?

  • WOOF

    American children are being taught foreign anthems through the innerwebs.
    Universal access to France.

  • The Whistler

    Aren’t our phones already overtaxed to pay for internet access to all schools?  And as far as I can tell the actual education utility from the internet is pretty much non-existent.

    Now it should be possible to have interactive learning programs that actually allow kids to learn at their own speed.  I’m not aware that there’s much out there and I’ve looked for my own kids’ benefit.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    One thing you can attribute to this administration is Classic Overreach.

  • borborygmi

    Why even supply them with books.  The little free loaders should have to pay for them. They don’t need pencils or paper or folders.  So Rob which school is allowing the students to download porn from.  Now that is a progressive school.    Oh wait, I get it, all school computers will be set up so only progressive liberal articles are allowed. Sneaky very Sneaky. 
       I like the way Rob goes right to Porn.   Tsk tsk tsk, at least we now know your predilection.