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Finland enshrines ‘legal right’ to broadband

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Bonnie Malkin
London Telegraph
July 1, 2010

Finland has made access to broadband connections to the internet a legal right for every one of its citizens in the first legislation of its kind anywhere in the world.

From today, all Finns will have the right to a 1 megabit per second (Mbps) broadband connection.

Under the new law, telecommunications companies will be obliged to provide all citizens with broadband lines that can run at a minimum of 1Mbps.

In addition, the government has promised that by 2015, the entire population will have a 100Mbps connection.

Suvi Linden, the country’s communications minister, said the internet was part of everyday life for Finnish people and that high speed internet access was a priority for the government.

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