Broadband now legal right in Finland
Dylan Bushell-Embling |
July 01, 2010
Broadband access is now a legal right to every citizen of Finland, under new legislation that comes into effect today.
Finland's new Universal Service Obligations require every operator in the country to offer broadband connections of at least 1Mbps for anybody who requests one.
And the government plans to ensure the vast majority of the population is on a 100Mbps connection by 2015.
Finnish communications minister Suvi Linden told the BBC
that internet services are now a crucial part of everyday life. “Internet services are no longer just for entertainment,” she said.
An estimated 96% of the population is already online, Linden said.
Access to the internet is already a protected right
in Estonia, in France due to legal precedents
, and in some other countries, but Finland is thought to be the first to specify speeds and connection types.