Finland Declares Broadband Net Access a "Legal Right"

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Finland Declares Broadband Net Access a "Legal Right"

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Finland has become the first nation in the world to declare broadband internet access a legal right.

Finland's Ministry of Transport and Communication has declared that one-megabit net access is a "legal right," according to a report by yle.fi. While other nations, including France and Greece, have previously declared "internet access" a human right, Finland is reportedly the first to specify broadband.

And that's just the beginning: The guaranteed one-meg access is only an "intermediary step" toward making 100 megabit broadband access a legal right by the end of 2015, a decision the government reached last year.

The specifics of "access" remain a bit ill-defined, however; in a report on the decision to guarantee universal 100 Mb net access that was published last year, the Helsinki Times said "no household... would be farther than two kilometers from a connection capable of delivering broadband internet with a capacity of at least 100 megabits of data a second," with the exception of roughly 2000 residences "in far-flung corners of the country." Some variations in speed will also be allowed for connections based through mobile phone networks.

A one-megabit connection may not be super-fast by modern standards but for people currently stuck with dial-up access (and there are a lot of them out there, probably more than you think) access to any kind of functional broadband is an absolute Godsend. I'm not so sure how I feel about it being declared a legal right, however; I can't stop thinking that we should have more important things to worry about than getting a good ping in TF2.

Source: CNET

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YAY! this may mean other countries may follow suit

A legal right... *facepalm* wait... a HUMAN right? You compare life essentials to INTERNET?

*WoW joke here*

I mean cooooommmmee oooooonnn

I'm glad that governments are starting to see the importance of the internet in society. Now come on UK. I want 100mbps!

I officially love Finland.

As much as I'm inclined to like this, I can't help but feel Finland's taking it to the extreme...

bodyklok:
As much as I'm inclined to like this, I can't help but feel Finland's taking it to the extreme...

You're kidding me right?
THEY'RE NOT TAKING IT FAR ENOUGH!

Eoin Livingston:

bodyklok:
As much as I'm inclined to like this, I can't help but feel Finland's taking it to the extreme...

You're kidding me right?
THEY'RE NOT TAKING IT FAR ENOUGH!

...?
How much further can you take this anyway?

Finland declares depriving citizens of their internet punishable by death!
Finland declares it a War Crime to not allow captured soldiers access to Youtube!


...?

bodyklok:

Eoin Livingston:

bodyklok:
As much as I'm inclined to like this, I can't help but feel Finland's taking it to the extreme...

You're kidding me right?
THEY'RE NOT TAKING IT FAR ENOUGH!

...?
How much further can you take this anyway?

Finland declares depriving citizens of their internet punishable by death!
Finland declares it a War Crime to not allow captured soldiers access to Youtube!


...?

Well yeah is that not how it is here?

Go Finland! Now to just convince the idiots in Parliament to follow suit.

Maybe if I don't start off every letter with "Dear Idiots,"

bodyklok:
As much as I'm inclined to like this, I can't help but feel Finland's taking it to the extreme...

How so?

bodyklok:

Eoin Livingston:

bodyklok:
As much as I'm inclined to like this, I can't help but feel Finland's taking it to the extreme...

You're kidding me right?
THEY'RE NOT TAKING IT FAR ENOUGH!

...?
How much further can you take this anyway?

Finland declares depriving citizens of their internet punishable by death!
Finland declares it a War Crime to not allow captured soldiers access to Youtube!


...?

No.

Citizens are FORCED to have internet access. And everyone without at least a broadband MUST emigrate the country. Or be sentenced to 12 consecutive death penalties.

This makes me slightly less proud to be a finn.

Not that it suprises me in the slightest. Our politicians keep mixing up what actually is important, like say how to keep the various companies from moving their shit to China, with stupid, unecessary stuff like this.

Then they laud it as the best thing ever.

Personally, I can't wait until Nokia packs their shit up and leaves. Then we'll see how they'll even finance this.

Seriously, I'm not very surprised by this, given how much of our servises have been moving from reasonable physical accessability to online activity.
The other alternative would have been to require eccential (like banks and such) businesses to keep their services physicly available in all areas, no matter how remote.
I doubt very meny people were protesting the internet access as legal right, but I think you can imagine who all might have been very vocal against the alternative.

PS. You know what the funny thing is? I'm hearing about this first at here.

Go go Finland!

Since for the most part public services are nowadays to be accessed via internet (and public services being essential to modern life), I find it reasonable to declare net access generally a legal right. But a broadband net access? What will we they come up with next.

Eoin Livingston:

bodyklok:
As much as I'm inclined to like this, I can't help but feel Finland's taking it to the extreme...

You're kidding me right?
THEY'RE NOT TAKING IT FAR ENOUGH!

We´re on it! Just wait and see *rolls up sleeves*

This has set two new lows.

The first my faith in humanuty.
And the second the accompanying picture.

Also two new highs:

The first my faith in humanity.
And the second my love of Finland!

I can't lie, Finland is awesome. Can't wait till Christmas when I get to go there.

Even though this seems perfectly sweet, something tells me that this is another step towards communism. Where will they get the money? Taxes!

Finland is officially a role model that any country should follow.

Rhayn:
This makes me slightly less proud to be a finn.

Not that it suprises me in the slightest. Our politicians keep mixing up what actually is important, like say how to keep the various companies from moving their shit to China, with stupid, unecessary stuff like this.

Then they laud it as the best thing ever.

Personally, I can't wait until Nokia packs their shit up and leaves. Then we'll see how they'll even finance this.

AOL trial disks..............

AOL is still around.......right? and I think they might have a broadband option.............

I cannot express the awesomeness of this in words. To do that I would need a rocket-powered skateboard, an electric guitar that shoots lightning, and Michael Bay in charge of explosives.

Also, curiosity makes me wonder how America would react to such a thing. *has mixed reaction of extreme laughter and fear*

It was bound to happen sooner or later.

I must say that Finland is awesome.
Not becouse the whole country can play online now, no. But the internet makes our lives damn easier nowdays.
With the advance of optical fiber, dial up connection, although widely used in many countries (such as mine <.<), is an obsolete technology.

It feels just awesome to make it a right. +1 to you Finland.

L33tsauce_Marty:
I can't lie, Finland is awesome. Can't wait till Christmas when I get to go there.

You'll probably be disappointed when you get here, Finland is actually quite boring place.

Well, it's certainly not a right, but I'm happy for my finnish brothers I suppose.

McCa:
A legal right... *facepalm* wait... a HUMAN right? You compare life essentials to INTERNET?

*WoW joke here*

I mean cooooommmmee oooooonnn

Education is a human right - the internet can assist in that.

Also, it has a LOT of porn.

While it is cool that everyone will have net access over there, I wouldn't call it a human right.

Just say that it's mandatory to provide service. Then there's no controversy. Or at least it's minimized.

Well now i know where im gonna go to do my masters degree!

thenumberthirteen:
I want 100mbps!

We all want that.Then i could finally download all my steam games.

appelssiini:

L33tsauce_Marty:
I can't lie, Finland is awesome. Can't wait till Christmas when I get to go there.

You'll probably be disappointed when you get here, Finland is actually quite boring place.

Not for the reason I'm going there.

Amnestic:
Go Finland! Now to just convince the idiots in Parliament to follow suit.

Maybe if I don't start off every letter with "Dear Idiots,"

bodyklok:
As much as I'm inclined to like this, I can't help but feel Finland's taking it to the extreme...

How so?

A Human Right? Not a privileged, that companies are obliged to give (don't quote me on that, I still haven't read the OP), but a Right.

does that mean they don't have to pay for it?

That is sweet!

Alot of people are making fun of the fact that it should be considered a legal, but think about the world we live in today. The advent of the internet is on par with the printing press, easily accessible information for the masses. Do you not believe that people have a right to knowledge via books also?

I feel they made a poor choice of words when saying blanketly that the internet is a legal/human right, a better choice of words would have been that fast and easy access to the information on the internet is a legal/human right.

I would ramble on more but I just don't feel like it. If it doesn't make any sense attribute it to the flu I'm fighting off.

Hopefully this is a step towards ensured net neutrality, Internet should be controlled by crown corporations, not privately owned businesses who only care about making a profit.

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