German Court Rules Internet Crucial to Living
Court awards man compensation for losing Internet service
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2013 11:32 AM CST
A German court has ruled for the first time that the Internet is a crucial service, as important as the telephone.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Can't live without YouTube and Facebook? Well, a German court is on your side. For the first time, a federal court in the country has called the Internet crucial to everyday life, just like the telephone. As such, the court decreed that a man who lost Internet service from December 2008 to February 2009 should be compensated by his service provider for the loss, reports IDG News Service. The man had also asked for compensation for losing his fax service, but the court did not consider that as important.

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Jan 25, 2013 5:19 PM CST
It's a fact : They've evaluated the top four manmade inventions of all time that have forever and very dramatically changed the world for the better... 1) The Wheel 2) The Plow 3) The Printing press 4) The Internet
Jan 25, 2013 12:54 PM CST
In the U.S.A. we currently have an administration that is giving away cell phone service, air conditioners, foodstamps, medicaid and who knows what else (and raising our taxes continuously for things the American people who work do NOT want) S-O-O when do we get FREE internet service 24/7? After all, this is as critical aservice to the American people as it is to the Germans, especially since people are losing faith with the liberal media newspapers.
Jan 25, 2013 12:25 PM CST
I think this is ridiculous and really isn't "crucial to living" In fact, getting off your arse and going out to exercise and be with friends and family IS crucial to living a good life I better go out now and practice what I preach.....:-)