Court Deems Internet ‘Essential’ During ISP Outage Case

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Just how necessary is the web in peoples’ lives? That answer is “essential” – at least according to a German court which recently ruled in favor of a compensation claim against internet services providers.

According to a Reuters report last Thursday, the legal body found internet disruption as a reason for ISPs to pay clientele in the instance of an outage.

The ruling covers a case in which a DSL customer was left without internet for two months during the fall of 2008.

“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,” commented a representative for the court, according to the Reuters report.

Without a doubt, the internet has grown to play a necessary part of peoples’ lives. This is true whether it includes students logging in to access class-required materials, paying bills, taking care of taxes, etc.