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Finland Makes Broadband Access A Legal Right

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Finland has become the first country in the world to make access to broadband a legal right for all its citizens. The new legislation forces Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide Internet connection at affordable prices, with speed of at least 1mbps, from 01 July 2010 to all offices and permanent residence. The Finnish communications authority hope that everyone  in Finland will seize this opportunity by approaching Telecom operators in their neighbourhood.

The legislation, known as the Universal Service Obligation places access to broadband on similar grounds as other commodities such as access to telephone and postal services. The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) expects a monthly fee in the region of 30 to 40 Euros, by the 26 universal service providers across Finland, will be affordable to all its citizens.

While the decision might raise eyebrows in some places, it should be noted that Finland is actually one of the few countries where the vast majority of its population have some form of Internet access and home to multi-national telecommunications giant, Nokia.

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Should more countries follow suite by making access to Broadband Internet Connection a legal right for citizens?

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6 Comments

  1. That’s interesting. There’s even a minimum internet speed requirement. ISPs not providing the minimum speed requirement may be sued. Finland is the right country to have this kind of rule. Other countries, especially third world countries simply cannot implement this yet.

  2. The government of Finland know the important of internet connection to everybody and have take a good to provide the service to all home in the country, I think is is going to increase the development of the country technological and internet wise.

  3. The Internet’s incredible rise in effectiveness, in variety of users, as well as in traffic volume is because of, exactly, to, the liberation to utilize this connection with no restrictions. Its success is produced by Internet users’ capability to send and receive just about any chain of 1s and 0s. The past several years, virtually no gatekeeper has banded amid the consumer and the Web to slow down or speed up the 1s and 0s depending on their supply, desired destination or significance -the Internet deals with every bit just like almost every other. Because of this, any person can experiment with a brand new idea, without traversing an authorisation barrier.

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