Finland has become the first country in the world to declare broadband Internet access a legal right.
Starting in July, telecommunication companies in the northern European nation will be required to provide all 5.2 million citizens with Internet connection that runs at speeds of at least 1 megabit per second. […]
In June, France’s highest court declared such access a human right. But Finland goes a step further by legally mandating speed.
CNN: Fast Internet access becomes a legal right in Finland
It’s unclear to me – does this mean that telecom companies are required to provide this service for free, or does it mean it has to make it available to everyone (including people in remote areas)?
October 23, 2009 at 8:11 am
The latter. 1M must be available to everyone to buy. It can be a wireless 3G connection.