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1 Mbps a Legal Right for Finns Starting Today

Last year, the internet was abuzz with news of the Finnish government declaring broadband access a fundamental right for its citizens. While other governments have paid lip-service to providing their constituents with online connectivity, Finland went one step beyond and actually specified a minimum speed, for implementation on July 1.

July 1 is today. All telcos operating in Finland are now required—by law—to provide "all residents" with a connection running at least at 1Mbps. Even better, this new obligation is simply a step on the broadband-as-a-right ladder. The eventual goal for 2015 is a mandatory minimum connection speed of 100Mbps.

In practical terms, 1Mbps represents a max download speed of 128 kilobytes per second. 100Mbps on the other hand is a dizzying 12.5 megabytes per second. Let's hope Finland can reach its 2015 target, and that other countries follow the Nordic country's example. It's definitely a good thing when you can download legit copies of songs in less than a second, and that Batman porn parody in a bit over two hours.

Finland makes broadband a 'legal right' (N900 screenshot from mdamt on Flickr)