Finland First Country to Declare Internet Access a Right
As the gap between the haves and the haves not expands in this global economy, Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband a legal right for every citizen.
Finland has declared, as of this month, each and every citizen will have at least a 1Mbps connection, and that by 2015, everyone will be connected at the blistering speed of 100Mbps.
The UK as well, has promised a minimum connection of at least 2Mbps, but stop short of mandating telecommunication companies provide every house with broadband, as Finland did.
by 2015, everyone will be connected at the blistering of 100Mbps.
Stating broadband as a right for citizens certainly affects how those who would pirate and share software might be treated. If internet is deemed a right instead of a privilege, this would limit how software pirates might be dealt with. There is consideration of a type of ‘three strikes law’ that France, the Uk, and even Finland might implement. Naming broadband a right wouldn’t necessary prevent the government from taking it away.
The gap in availability of technology is still massive. Africa’s internet usage has grown almost 2000 percent in the last decade, however still only 3.9 percent of its population is estimated to be online. Sweden has one of the highest online population, at 88 percent, whereas even a country such as Greece, is still at 54 percent.
However, with Finland only receiving about 6 hours of sunlight a day during the winter, and with suicide rates going way up during those dark days, the internet would seem to be an essential tool, if not just a welcome distraction.