[AfrICANN-discuss] Finland makes broadband Internet a legal right

LO MAMADOU alfamamadou at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 7 16:43:36 SAST 2010

Finland makes broadband Internet a legal right


As of today, Finland has become the first nation in the world to make broadband Internet a legal right, with every citizen guaranteed the right to at least a 1Mbps connection. 

Furthermore, the Finnish government has promised guaranteed speeds of 100Mbps for all of its citizens by 2015, a feat that will likely not be matched by most other nations. 

97 percent of the Finnish population currently has access to a broadband connection. 

Finland passed the legislation last year, and Spain followed in November with a similar bill. 

Says Fninish communication minister Suvi Linden: "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." 

The British government has also committed to giving all citizens a minimum 2Mbps broadband connection by 2012 but that is not a legally binding ruling.



Source : http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2010/07/01/finland_makes_broadband_internet_a_legal_right
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