[quotemsg=19467234,0,2442822][quotemsg=19467173,0,884511]@Tomsummer: Not a very accurate comparison.
The internet is fundamentally important and in many cases has been called a human right. One can easily abstain from Google and Facebook. Abstaining from connecting to the internet at all, however, is a tall order.
There is no equitability in negotiation here, if the ISPs sell this data (as they all will inevitably do) you have no option to pick an ISP that doesn't do it. You have to go without, and at that point, we hit on the first thing I mentioned.[/quotemsg]
People that think that the internet is a right don't understand what rights are. The problem with spoiled citizens of the first world variety, is that they often lack perspective to correctly use terms like "rights" in a sentence.
Google, facebook, TV, cars and the internet services are modern conveniences... They are not rights!
No, not human rights. Public utilities. Utilities range from those that should be rights to those that are merely convenient. Water and sewage are pretty necessary to your health and well being. Gas and electricity might be merely convenient, or necessity, depending on your climate. I personally find phones a burden partially imposed on me by others.
There have been times I've voluntarily lived without most of those. I'd hate to do so full time. It can be hard or impossible to hold job and feed a family when lacking some combination of these "first-world conveniences." The point of regulating public utilities is that they have the ability to hold you hostage, to coerce you in various ways, and they must not be allowed to do so.