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One Country Makes High Speed Internet a Legal Right...

By Neetal Parekh on October 16, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Hint: it is not the US.  Our Nordic friends in Finland will have no internet connectivity excuses in responding to emails and social media musings.  And that's thanks to a national law passed in Finland this week  mandating that every Finnish citizen have access to broadband internet.

It's not a big leap for the nation with a population hovering over 5 million, a reported 95% of Finnish folks already have robust internet access.  But the law aims to ensure that even rural regions of the country gain access.

And speed is key.  To be sure, the law requires that the internet operate at a minimum of 1 megabit per second...with the caveat that it increase to 100 megabit per second in the next five years.

Finland isn't the only country to find a delineate the importance of internet access.  France declared internet a human right.  But the Finnish beat the French to punch by establishing it as a legal right first. 

Ready to pack and move to Finland?

Well if you're waiting for the day that the U.S. declares internet for all, you may want to grab a seat---and maybe a pillow.  There is no American national policy regarding internet access.  But President Obama has hinted on dedicating a slice (or at least sliver) of the stimulus package towards expanding internet in the country.

To the Finnish, "onnittelut" on being the first...we are impressed.


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