Adam Thierer on Vint Cerf on Why Internet Access Is Not a Human Right + A Few More Reasons

So, while I appreciate and agree with Cerf’s humorous point that “Today, if I were granted a right to have a horse, I’m not sure where I would put it,” the more interesting question is this: If government would have decreed long ago that everyone had a right to a horse, would that have meant everyone actually got one? Recall that despite a similar mandate for telephony and billions upon billions in spending / transfers, we never had more than 94% of the nation served with basic telephone service. If everyone did actually get a horse via a hypothetical Horse Entitlement System, how efficient was that program and the resulting bureaucracy / regulatory apparatus? Who picked up the bill? Did it discourage entry by more efficient vendors? Did it discourage innovations that might have served the public better? Did the program outlive its usefulness and become a drag on innovation /productivity. Was the system gamed or captured? I can only imagine the lobbying that would have ensued from the horse industry once trains, cars, and airplanes became a disruptive threat!

via Vint Cerf on Why Internet Access Is Not a Human Right + A Few More Reasons.

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