Is Internet connection a public utility? A man dug up his neighbour's lawn to pass a fibre cable to his house and when the neighbour sued him for damaging his well-manicured lawn, the defendant said that Internet was a utility service and therefore he had right of way.
The courts however thought otherwise and asked the defendant to pay for the damage.
Some ISPs in
ISPs however, argue that companies like the
A public utility can be defined as "a business that furnishes an everyday necessity to the public at large."
Electricity and water are all considered public utilities. In strictly legal terms, there is also a regulatory component in the public utility definition, but I am concerned with the "everyday necessity".
In a utility service like electricity, I want to flip a switch and expect electricity and consume it in quantities that will satisfy my need but at the same time leave enough available to satisfy other people's (the public) needs too.
The above question depends on many factors. The first is geography. In as much as
Statistics show that
In the developed world, penetration in some countries is close to 100 per cent (with
The reasons for declaring it as a utility are different for developed and developing countries.
Whereas the latter's population is already hooked to the Internet and use it for their daily lives, in developing countries it's still a luxury and not many can afford it.
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