Broadband Connection a Legal Right to Citizens in Finland

Broadband Connection a Legal Right to Citizens in Finland – Finland is one of the most wired countries in the world. Laura Vilkkonen, legislative counselor for the Ministry of Transport and Communications, told CNN in October 2009 that 95 percent of the population has some form of internet access.

The government of Finland has passed a legislation, which will take its effect Thursday, named as Universal Service Obligation. It means broadband access is considered a staple commodity alongside services such as telephone and postal services. This is according to Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA).

They assigned 26 telecommunications companies as universal service providers across the nation with a monthly price of 30 to 40 Euros (around $37 to $47) which is reasonable enough.

According to the statistics released by OECD (Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development), as of December 2009, its broadband penetration in Finland is at 26.7 percent, compared to 26.4 per cent for the United States.

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