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Finland First to Make Broadband a Legal Right

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Finland has become the first country to make broadband a legal right.

That's right, you heard me. YLE reports that starting next July, every person in Finland will have the right to a one-megabit broadband connection. What's that? Do I hear some scoffing at the idea of a one-megabit connection? Well how about this, YLE goes on to say that the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications are guaranteeing that by 2015, this will be upped to a 100-megabit connection.

With a population of 5.5 million, Finland is the first but definitely won't be the last. Other European countries are expected to follow suit soon, including the United Kingdom.

Imagine being legally entitled to 100-megabit internet … Man, now would that be awesome or what? Now stop imagining, this is America, not Finland.

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    core i7 ownage , 15 October 2009 03:42
    "Man, now would that be awesome or what? Now stop imagining, this is America, not Finland."

    Wtf, this is UK website? Because of this, Now we can imagine of what internet will be like ;) 
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    Anonymous , 15 October 2009 04:04
    UK website, but check the source of the article.
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    wifiwolf , 15 October 2009 07:45
    As I stated in many posts before, I feel sorry for the Americans in telecommunications. They were the first but now their trailing everyone. We have real broadband some time now and for a fraction of the prices that they're charged. Mobile broadband is more then doubled in speed and price is less than half in most European countries let alone Japan.
    Most of this, I think, is because of US telecommunications are provided by the same companies which provide entertainment contents and so their shooting their own feet any time they upgrade.
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    AIstudio , 15 October 2009 16:11
    If this happens gues who will be monitoring EVRYONES download upload information.
    Breach of human rights if you ask me!!!!!!!!!!!
    I certainly wouldnt have an internet connection that is supplied and monitored by the government. I would rather pay for it!!
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    Clintonio , 15 October 2009 21:15
    Broadband definitely should be a right. It's so important to us now.

    I look forwards to the UK doing this too.
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    naffers , 15 October 2009 23:08
    for some reason i get the feeling that once the government makes it a right, they will then slowly start to try and police it
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    skalagon , 16 October 2009 01:40
    100mb :o  wow