Internet access has been declared a basic need by a German court, which has allowed users to sue Internet providers if their connection is damaged or lost.
Germany’s Federal Court of Justice made this ruling after a man lost his connection for two months due to administrative errors by the Internet service provider.

The man was awarded damages, but the significance of the ruling goes beyond that.

The court states: “The majority of German residents use the Internet on a daily basis. It has become a medium that plays a vital role in the lives of most people, and whose absence has a significant impact on daily life.”