According to a new poll released by the BBC, 80% of 87% of internet users feel internet access should be the “fundamental right of all people”, like water and air.
The survey was of more than 27,000 adults across 26 countries.
According to the BBC, The UN is pushing for universal net access.
“The right to communicate cannot be ignored,” Dr Hamadoun Toure, secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
“The internet is the most powerful potential source of enlightenment ever created.”
He said that governments must “regard the internet as basic infrastructure – just like roads, waste and water”.
“We have entered the knowledge society and everyone must have access to participate.”
Recently, the EU adopted an internet freedom provision, stating that any measures taken by member states that may affect citizen’s access to or use of the internet “must respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens”.
Countries such as Finland and Estonia have already ruled that access is a human right for their citizens.
The US has not.