It may have been cool 10 years ago, but nowadays, when owning a PC pretty much equals internet usage, it has almost no value. Only people who will probably care are paranoid, control freak stereotypes who’ve compiled the linux kernel themselves. But that’s most likely laughable fraction of userbase.
In this day and age, there is no pride to take in promise of making no internet connection by default. All it’d really take is perhaps asking user permission on a splash screen, like pretty much any modern software does these days.
I don’t say this just because I think it would be cool to have fund progress bar on splashscreen, but because software connected to internet can gain lots of obvious benefits. Even Blender has semi official cloud sync plugin. I mean, even as little as having occasional automatic check for a new version would come a long way.
My overall point is that this “no internet connection by default policy”:
A, No longer has much of a value these days.
B, Can be solved by just asking user for permission, rather than turning it into a law prohibiting official Blender version from ever shipping with anything connected to internet enabled by default.