In Finland, Internet is a 'basic right'

In Finland, getting 1 Mbps of broadband throughput wherever you might reside is not a gift, an added household expense or something that might happen someday if service providers or the government get around to it; it's an intrinsic right. And, by 2015, that right will stretch to 100 Mbps.

"We considered the role of the Internet in Finns' everyday life. Internet services are no longer just for entertainment," said Finland's communications minister.

Thus, in a country where only about 4,000 of 5.2 million people are not connected to the Internet, everyone must get at least a meg now and 100 megs in five years. It's the law.

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