Finland First to Make Broadband a Legal Right

That's right, you heard me. YLE reports that starting next July, every person in Finland will have the right to a one-megabit broadband connection. What's that? Do I hear some scoffing at the idea of a one-megabit connection? Well how about this, YLE goes on to say that the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications are guaranteeing that by 2015, this will be upped to a 100-megabit connection.

With a population of 5.5 million, Finland is the first but definitely won't be the last. Other European countries are expected to follow suit soon, including the United Kingdom.

Imagine being legally entitled to 100-megabit internet … Man, now would that be awesome or what? Now stop imagining, this is America, not Finland.

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  • samely
    In America, that connection would be capped at 100 megabits a month.
  • liquid0h
    Wow, so every year it'll get bumped up by about 20 mbit increments? Must be nice to live in a place without greedy telecoms.
  • ubernoobie
    lol in canada, you can get 5megabyte/up/down for 20 bucks with umlimited bandiwth
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  • samely
    In America, that connection would be capped at 100 megabits a month.
  • Anonymous
    Yes but when you download something that is not allowed no matter what it is what do they call that? censorship of free speech or abuse of internet rights? They will come up with all kinds of garbage laws because of this and there will no longer be any anonymous internet useage for someone who has the right to the internet, will that mean these people will have to get and ID card of some kind to use their connection? The list of stupid things that govts will come up with as a result of this "right" go on and on forever.
  • liquid0h
    Wow, so every year it'll get bumped up by about 20 mbit increments? Must be nice to live in a place without greedy telecoms.