Finland Makes 1Mbps Internet A "Basic Right" For Every Citizen
Obviously, this is a huge undertaking, and it'll involve a great deal of spending in order to make it a reality. The move makes Finland the first nation on the planet to make broadband Internet access a basic right, with the idea being to at least make broadband available to every Finn that would like it. Olli-Pekka Rantala of the communications networks unit at the ministry of transport and communications said the following: "Today the universal service obligation concerning Internet access of one Megabit per second (Mbit/s) has entered into force. It is our understanding that we have become the first in the world to have made broadband a basic right." Preach it!
Starting this month, any Internet provider that operates in Finland will be obligated to provide a 1Mbps connection to all Finnish households, regardless of location. That's certainly a huge thing to ask of ISPs, but there are limitations in place to prevent outrageous extra fees from cropping up. This is a huge, huge move, and it will hopefully spark a lot of copycat movements from other governments. No one wants to lag behind in the race to become the most connected nation in the world, and while Finland is certainly small, it's far from being "tiny." Great job on kicking things off, Finland--now it's time for the rest of the world to follow suit.