Your points are well made: the distinction between self-imposed austerity, austerity through necessity and austerity through outside forces is the difference here.
Do I see internet access as a human right at this point? I do as I have watched many times the difference a single email account or _+some+_ route through a wall or ban has made in changing an oppressive situation.
Most vivid for me was during the Serbia / Kosovo situation in the late 1990s. A young woman’s single email account where she was documenting daily the happenings in her village that was on the border was more informative than any news agency at the time – and preserved a point of view that was quite distinctly different from the HEROS VS VILLAINS narrative.
Your inability to see the complexity of the situation surprises me.
It’s far more complicated than a simple heroes vs villains narrative.
Ok. I deleted my post about Iran, US sanctions and internet access. I’m tired of being criticized every time. I’ll let happen happen and what is is. Nothing I can do about things anyway. Just complaining to the wind.