After outlining the relevant regulatory provisions governing access to the Internet in the EU (section 2) and its Member States (section 3), and after summarizing arguments supporting the introduction of the right to Internet access, the authors seek to broaden the scope of social and legal debates on Internet access in the EU. In particular, they ques- tion (a) whether the Internet is a vital element to achieve a decent standard of living in the Gigabit society (section 4); and (b) whether it deserves a place alongside the fundamental rights or human rights (section 5) and under what conditions it could be incorporated among the EU fundamental rights (section 6). The following sections of the chapter reflect on the potential scope of a right to Internet access (sections 7 and 8) and how eGovernment could facilitate the introduction of such a right (section 9). Considerations about limitations of a right to Internet access are addressed in section 10.
|Title of host publication||Research handbook on human rights and digital technology|
|Subtitle of host publication||Global politics, law and international relations|
|Editors||Ben Wagner, Matthias C. Kettemann, Kilian Vieth|
|Place of Publication||Cheltenham|
|Publisher||Edwar Elgar Publishing Ltd|
|Number of pages||23|
|ISBN (Electronic)||978 1 78536 772 4|
|ISBN (Print)||978 1 78536 771 7|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
Jasmontaite, L., & de Hert, P. (2019). Access to the internet in the EU: A policy priority, a fundamental, a human right, or a concern of eGovernment? In B. Wagner, M. C. Kettemann, & K. Vieth (Eds.), Research handbook on human rights and digital technology: Global politics, law and international relations (pp. 157-179). Edwar Elgar Publishing Ltd.