Today is a good day for making Internet history. Well done Finland!
10/14/2009 by: Daniela Kustre
What might seem as an odhat made broadband something you'll never have to worry about for the rest of your life. According to the daily press in Helsinki, the Finnish government just introduced laws in which every person living in Finland has a legitimate right to broadband access. This makes Finland the second country in the world that placed the right to Internet access in its constitution, but unlike Estonia [pronounced Internet access as constitutional right on April 7, 2004]- Finland warrants a right to broadband access.
Starting from July 2010, every person in living in Finland will have the right to at least 1Mbps [broadband] connection, but the legislation doesn't end there. If you live in United States, please try not to have a heart attack after you read the following information: by the end of 2015, the legal right will be extended to an impressive 100Mbps broadband connection for everyone. Yes, a 12MB/s connection is your right, not something you need to beg for and listen to telecoms who say "it can't be done".
Now, if you are by any chance a naysayer and stating that "Finland is a small country", "they don't have infrastructural challenges" and other typical excuses, bear in mind that Finland has over 100,000 lakes and the majority of the country relies on lakes for water and relies on potable loos [no pun intended]. But that isn't stopping this ridiculously beautiful country to give Internet access to everyone. No monthly subscription for speed [data packages are another thing], no nothing. You get Internet just like you can breathe fresh air [which is indeed fresh in Finland, Ed.].
So this is really something spectacular, especially when you know that USA is still trying to determine what broadband is and France is at the edge of bringing the law that will kick you off the Internet just for downloading some music and video. Now countries like Finland and Estonia are putting the right to access the Internet in their constitutions, so the question is - where would you like to live?
The invisible side of this law, especially in 2015 is the fact that you are going to have wired Internet access faster than most Wi-Fi networks can provide, meaning that your conventional laptop hard drive could choke at the amount of data coming through the pipe. Let's hope SSD technology gets affordable... then again, how much would you need to pay for 100Mbps in your own respective country and calculate the savings on annual basis.
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