Military always gets special funding by taxpayers. Citizens also gets things subsidized by the government as well, like cheap bus fairs, plane fairs, train fairs.
And I agree the ‘net could be a part of that.
It’s not that people lack imagination. “How will this make the USA prosper or stronger militarily?” seems to be all the government cares about.
Now, he has a computer. A number of kids in his class don’t.
I wouldn’t say the other kids lacking computers and Internet are being denied rights. Rather, I’d say that the school has higher expectations of the families than suit the community.