Finland Makes Broadband a Legal Right


It’s been revealed that Finland is to make access to 1Mbps broadband a legal right, as opposed to just something some people can buy.

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According to the Finnish news site YLE, Finnish citizens will be entitled to a one-megabit connection, which it hopes it will be able to graduate to making a 100Mbs broadband connection a legal right by the end of 2015, which seems an ambitious plan to manage in just five years.

Of course, it’s not quite as ambitious as you might think. YLE points out that a 1Mbs connection might well qualify, leaving some in a very expensive position for what is to be considered a legal right. Still, it’s certainly a step in the right direction, and something that we’d love to see more countries adopt… especially given the state of broadband connectivity in Ireland.

It’ll be interesting to see how well the plan to ensure everyone in Finland has access to a 1Mbps connection works out, especially given the audacity of trying to roll out 100Mbs connections within five years. Moreover, we’re quite curious to see just what effect it has on Finnish people, who would likely then be among the most connected populations on earth.


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