Somehow the Finns got this right (took a good few minutes to decipher the difference between Finns and Finnish, but that would be a whole different post). According to the BBC it seems that Finland has made broadband a legal right for its citizens. Yes, you heard me right. A legal right!
This marks a huge milestone as this North European country becomes the first country IN THE WORLD to promise this to its residents. From 1 July 2010 every Finn will have the right to access a minimum of 1Mbps (megabit per second) broadband connection. Imagine what that would mean? Bliss.
In the interview conducted with the BBC, Suvi Linden (Finland’s communication minister) had this to say, “We considered the role of the internet in Finns everyday life. Internet services are no longer just for entertainment… Finland has worked hard to develop an information society and a couple of years ago we realised not everyone had access.”
It seems that up to 96% of the Finnish population are already online and that a mere 4,000 homes still need to be connected, and now with this fundamental right this number should reach 100% by 2015. (Considering that in the UK the Internet penetration stands at only 73% Finland does seem to have the right attitude already).
Finland is sounding rather appealing right now.