Main | Thursday, July 01, 2010

FINLAND: Broadband Access Is A Right

Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband internet access a legal right.
From 1 July every Finn will have the right to access to a 1Mbps (megabit per second) broadband connection. Finland has vowed to connect everyone to a 100Mbps connection by 2015. In the UK the government has promised a minimum connection of at least 2Mbps to all homes by 2012 but has stopped short of enshrining this as a right in law. The Finnish deal means that from 1 July all telecommunications companies will be obliged to provide all residents with broadband lines that can run at a minimum 1Mbps speed.
About 96% of Finnish households already have internet access.

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