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Finland making (ultra-high-speed) broadband a legal right

Last month the Finnish government passed legislation defining access to broadband internet as a legal right. More interestingly the decree also defines access speeds. In the land of 1000 lakes all citizens should have 1Mbps guaranteed by July 2010. Yet by the end of 2015 no less than 100Mbps will be the standard.

The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications does not stipulate who should build the underlying networks, or based on which technology. Specifically for mobile networks the law allows for some flexibility about the actual bandwidth. Yet it’s a tremendous step forward and a strong example to all European nations. 

 

Read more at techcrunch.com or at pcworld.com

 

*These comments do not necessarily reflect the views of the FTTH Council Europe.

11-11-2009 
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