Finland makes broadband a ‘legal right’

Posted: September 4, 2010 in Politics, Technology
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From the article:

Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband a legal right for every citizen.

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.

Speaking to the BBC, Finland’s communication minister Suvi Linden explained the thinking behind the legislation: “We considered the role of the internet in Finns everyday life. Internet services are no longer just for entertainment.

“Finland has worked hard to develop an information society and a couple of years ago we realised not everyone had access,” she said.

It is believed up to 96% of the population are already online and that only about 4,000 homes still need connecting to comply with the law.

I applaud the Finnish government for this law it’s a great step in the right direction.

The net is so integrated into out daily lives that to most people being cut off from the internet is like loosing an arm or leg and to some people the net is more like an country and feels more like home then the country they live in so to kick them off is like force removal from the country they love.

This is what the politicians don’t seem to understand but I guess Finn’s do understand us, the people of the internet.

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WOG out.

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