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Thursday, 01 July 2010 09:44

Finland makes broadband a legal right

Written by Nick Farell

First for humanity
Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband a legal right. From next month every Finn can expect to have access to a 1Mbps (megabit per second) broadband connection.

The country has also promised to connect everyone to a 100Mbps connection by 2015. Blighty has promised a minimum connection of at least 2Mbps to all homes by 2012 but has never made this the law.

Finland's communication minister Suvi Linden said that Internet services are no longer just for entertainment. It is believed up to 96 per cent of the Finish population are already online.

The reason countries do not make broadband a legal right is because politicians are terrified of the music and film industry. It is impossible to run a three strikes and you are out campaign against file sharers if it is a legal right to have a connection.

The Finnish government piracy laws see operators sending letters to illegal file-sharers but we are not planning on cutting off access.

Nick Farell

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+21 #1 PHiZiK 2010-07-01 10:57
I have a feeling that Finland is an awesome place.
+12 #2 Pistolfied 2010-07-01 11:40
Damn Fins, I wish I could be them...
+12 #3 Stewox 2010-07-01 13:11
Atleast some justice in this [censored]ing world.
+10 #4 dhoom 2010-07-01 16:15
just great !!! damn lucky ppl....
+5 #5 Calabros 2010-07-01 16:45
instead of feel jealousy about Fins, feel happy that you are not Iranian that is limited to 128kbs !!! (for home user)
+8 #6 MetheusX 2010-07-01 19:18
god bless the Fins and their amazing government. I'm happy to see a government with REAL politicians trying to help their people.

I may have to move to Finland!
+8 #7 yourma2000 2010-07-01 20:03
in my opinion, everything now should be dealt over the internet rather than seperate services, TV, phone, mail etc, everyone should be provided with an internet access line for free, but for those who want fast broadband for HD content, gaming and downloading then they should continue doing what they're doing now and pay for internet access
+4 #8 scheilinkin 2010-07-03 08:44
When something like OnLive come to Europe we would only need fast internet and some small amount of money to play all the games as they were intented to be played - thats everything on very high :D .
For surfing you would only need the cheapest netbook or an MID with androidOS, so there wouldnt be any need for spending a lot of money on high end PCs.

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