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The country has vowed to connect every resident as a fundamental right of law.

In the U.S., the FCC is currently in the process of working to get broadband access to every American. The government agency has just voted to collect public comments on broadband regulation, in its effort to provide 100Mbps to 100 million homes, but the country of Finland is one step ahead.  

Finland has made history as the first country to guarantee high speed internet to every one of its citizens. 
As of July 1 of this year every resident in Finland has the legal right to access broadband. The country's government is promising its residents a minimum of 1Mbps (megabit per second) broadband connection.  The country vows to connect everyone to a 100Mbps connection within the next five years.   

According to
BBC NewsFinland's communication minister Suvi Linden explained that they considered the role of the internet in Finns everyday lives, they concluded that the internet is no longer just for entertainment, Linden said.

"Finland has worked hard to develop an information society and a couple of years ago we realized not everyone had access." 

The new law forces telecommunications companies to lower their prices.

The government said that from the first of this month all local telecoms providers must offer both home users and business clients "reasonably priced connections".

"From now on, a reasonably priced broadband connection will be everyone’s basic right in Finland. This is one of the government’s most significant achievements in regional policy and I am proud of it," said Suvi Linden, Finland’s Minister of Communications.

A large portion of the majority are already online, over 95 percent, and only about 4,000 homes still need connecting to comply with the law.

While the issue of piracy remains a concern for Finland as well as the rest of the world, Linden said that the Finnish government will adopt a policy where operators will send letters to illegal file-sharers, but they are not planning on cutting off access. 

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By JediJeb on 7/2/2010 9:51:59 AM , Rating: 3
If the people don't have a computer will they force them to buy one?

It also says "affordable" internet not free internet. What do they consider affordable?

If the cost to install and maintain the connections is more than the affordable price, is the government going to pick up the difference or make the providers operate at a loss?

RE: But..
By FITCamaro on 7/2/10, Rating: 0
RE: But..
By Flunk on 7/2/2010 12:31:29 PM , Rating: 4
That's a non-sequiter, what do liberals have to do with this? I think your political views are getting in the way.

RE: But..
By YashBudini on 7/6/2010 10:46:04 PM , Rating: 1
"I think your political views are getting in the way. "

Pay attention, for him they are the only way.

RE: But..
By LordSojar on 7/2/2010 12:38:17 PM , Rating: 2
If you had any concept of Finland's technological prowess and infrastructure, you'd never post inane politically charged bullshit like that.

Broadband is only a luxury in countries where the telcos have nearly unlimited power. The internet isn't just a tool in this day and age. It's a massive information database. By that logic, are libraries also an "idiot liberal" idea? Everyone should have access to the wealth of humanity's knowledge. This has been true since the printing press was invented.

We have a natural right to learn about our culture and develop beyond our past. If you don't believe that, you belong back in a feudal system.

RE: But..
By AEvangel on 7/6/2010 7:32:26 PM , Rating: 3
We have a natural right to learn about our culture and develop beyond our past. If you don't believe that, you belong back in a feudal system.

Yes, you do and I have a right to make a living, so when you and your "right" get a job and earn the money to buy my service then you have the right to it.

What you don't have is the right to require me to pay for you to get a service at a discounted rate.

You idiots that think that naming something a right will make it free or cheaper are ignorant. It's the same with health-care, your idea of it being a right means that Doctor's and nurses are just slaves that you can demand them to work for you at what prices you set whether they want to or not.

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By Out of the Blue on 7/2/10, Rating: -1
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By raumkrieger on 7/2/2010 8:49:49 PM , Rating: 5
Don't feed the troll. All politicians are bad, not just one side.

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By BBeltrami on 7/6/2010 1:29:01 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, we got rid of all of those republican obstructionists here in California. Glad we don't have that albatross on our necks, anymore.

I mean, just look how well it's working out for us.

The economy in California isn't cratering anymore, it's vaporizing in a mushroom cloud.

Let's just forget I said anything. I'm sure everything will be fine.

RE: But..
By chmilz on 7/3/2010 7:05:11 PM , Rating: 2
Regardless of how you view it, the way they're doing it is better than the way the US is. In fact, pretty much every facet of their daily life is better than the US.

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By inighthawki on 7/8/2010 6:58:11 PM , Rating: 2
I agreed and then you mentioned this had something to do with liberals and politics, then you looked like an idiot...

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By AnnihilatorX on 7/3/2010 6:31:33 AM , Rating: 1
95% of the population is already online and only about 4,000 homes still need connecting to comply with the law.

4000 computers is easy enough to subsidise if so they wishes

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By Funky Santa Clause on 7/3/2010 7:00:11 AM , Rating: 2

It´s not easy, operator has to build network even nobody use it, northern Finland is the main thing, look at the link, population in Lapland is little different than in south..

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By Raidin on 7/4/2010 6:17:38 AM , Rating: 2
First off, they said access to broadband, not required to have it. It just means that every citizen should be able to buy a broadband access plan by law, if they so wished.

Also, by affordable, I can only assume that there needs to be a plan for every income level where it's not a burden on the household budget. That's going to be quite the specific detail to work out through law.

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By henrikfm on 7/6/2010 7:00:24 AM , Rating: 2
Rights are not mandatory to exercise.

If you don't want Broadband nobody will force you.

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By icanhascpu on 7/7/2010 10:48:53 PM , Rating: 2
Tell that to suicidal people.

By Daniel8uk on 7/3/2010 1:11:54 PM , Rating: 1
Every 1st world country should have this.

After all the Internet is the single biggest collection of history and knowledge in the entire world (That we know of).

It should be as easily accessible as a land-line or a TV channel.

It also happens to be the direction in which mass communication is heading and since the Internet is essentially an open network it has the ability to protect one of the greatest things we have, free speech and free thought.

RE: Good!
By fatedtodie on 7/6/2010 9:39:26 AM , Rating: 2
So, regardless of size, every 1st world country should do this? do you realize how dumb a statement that is? ignoring the whole fact that finland is tiny compared to the Russian Federation and the US and China, there is the whole idea that stuff has a price and for "everyone" to get "free" that means more taxes because I don't know if you have checked lately but the US atleast is ... wait for it... IN DEBT.

Think of a plan to raise the money, then start spouting your hippie ideas of free everything.

The rest of us will earn our luxuries and if we want broadband we will GET A JOB and buy it.

RE: Good!
By MikeO on 7/9/2010 4:26:51 AM , Rating: 2
Think of a plan to raise the money, then start spouting your hippie ideas of free everything.

Nowhere in the article does it say that by law everyone is entitled to a free broadband. Try reading the article again, with thought this time.

By Mikescool on 7/2/2010 8:42:05 AM , Rating: 2
time to move to Finland! woooo

By Danish1 on 7/5/2010 6:23:35 AM , Rating: 2
I fully support this idea, making sure its citizens has access to information and knowledge is as important for a modern government as defending your nation and I would actually classify it as defending your nation against ignorance.

By Swedishelk on 7/5/2010 1:37:06 PM , Rating: 2
I thought that was Aquavit?

By YashBudini on 7/6/2010 10:48:44 PM , Rating: 1
Uh, we don't have anything better to work on.

No wonder
By bill4 on 7/2/10, Rating: -1
RE: No wonder
By roadhog1974 on 7/5/2010 12:05:37 AM , Rating: 2
Geography fail.

Finland is eastern europe.

Is it overreacting for all citizens to be allowed access
to the town hall, or court house as well?

RE: No wonder
By tng on 7/7/2010 11:21:35 AM , Rating: 2
I would not classify it as Eastern or Western, but Northern actually......

Eastern is typically the old Soviet Bloc countries.

As for all the people who think this is a great idea, move there and have most of your income (up to 85% for some of the people that I know there) taxed away by the government for programs like this....

RE: No wonder
By MikeO on 7/9/2010 4:40:17 AM , Rating: 2
First of all, the real percentage is nowhere near your ridiculous claim of 85 and second of all and most importantly, you obviously don't know what that taxing gives us:

"The country (Finland) is ranked 1st in the 2009 Legatum Prosperity rating, which is based on economical performance and quality of life ." -Wikipedia

I highlighted the important part for you. I wouldn't trade that for a few more euros a month.

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