Dec 11, 2009
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Broadband a legal right in Finland

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Finland has become the first in the world to make broadband internet access a legal right.

Finland has become the first in the world to make broadband internet access a legal right.

 

The Ministry of Transport and Communications in Helsinki has pushed through a law that will force telecommunications providers to offer high speed internet connections to all of the country’s 5.3 million citizens.

The Law mandates that by July next year, telecommunications companies will be obliged to provide all Finnish residents with broadband lines that can run at speeds of at least 1 megabit per second.

Finland is already one of the world’s most connected countries, with 96% of citizens online -but the communications minister, Suvi Linden, said that the mandate was necessary in order to improve the availability of internet in Finland’s remote rural areas.

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