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Germany Tells Us What We Already Knew, The Internet Is Essential
by Jill Pantozzi | 4:16 pm, January 25th, 2013
Because, like, you might not survive if you can’t look at things like this. According to a new ruling in Germany, that is.
A federal judge in Germany says the internet is “essential,” just like heat or electricity, for human beings. As a result of the ruling, a man has been compensated for losing service for two months a few years ago.
Reuters writes, “Under German law the loss of use of essential material items can be compensated.”
“The Internet plays a very important role today and affects the private life of an individual in very decisive ways. Therefore loss of use of the Internet is comparable to the loss of use of a car,” a court spokeswoman told Germany’s ARD television.
The man had also lost his faxing service from the same company but the court did not compensate him for that saying it was “irrelevant” when compared to email. He asked for $67 per month but was granted $27.