A US state has decided that a broadband connection is as much a human right as electricity and running water.
The Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC), which builds low-income housing in the state, has listed broadband internet access among the inalienable rights of its residents.
According to Wired magazine, the KHC passed a mandate stating that all new housing units funded by more than 50 per cent by the KHC must be equipped with access to high-speed internet services.
A spokesman said that eventually everyone is going to have a computer and a printer, just like they have a refrigerator and an oven.
Public housing authorities in Nebraska, Oregon and Wisconsin have also pushed housing developers to wire for broadband by giving them preferential access to low-income housing tax credits.
However, Kentucky is the first state to actually require the practice.
The KHC is also working on programmes to provide poor families with low-cost computer hardware, subsidised internet access and a special online portal where they can search for jobs and learn about available health care and financial resources.
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