Universal Broadband: Option, Right or Obligation?

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Abstract

Efforts to encourage universal access to information and communication technologies have run into the problem that some individuals, for reasons of affordability, lack of awareness or preference, continue to be without subscriptions. This article examines the arguments commonly put forward in support of promoting broadband access, to determine whether they can justify universalizing access. It examines the ethical limits of government actions that encourage, enforce or coerce participation in socially beneficial programmes, while potentially overlooking consumer sovereignty and human autonomy. The conclusions address how policymakers can encourage universal access to broadband, while respecting the rights of citizens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-24
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Human Values
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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Access to Information
subscription
sovereignty
obligation
communication technology
autonomy
information technology
Communication
citizen
Technology
participation
lack
Obligation
Universal access
Broadband
Politicians
Government
Affordability
Subscription
Autonomy

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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Universal Broadband : Option, Right or Obligation? / Jayakar, Krishna Prasad.

In: Journal of Human Values, Vol. 24, No. 1, 01.01.2018, p. 11-24.

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