1Mbps broadband made a legal right in Finland

Britain aims for 2012 national internet target

The Finns lead the way in broadband inclusion

Finland has become the first country in the world to give every citizen a legal right to broadband after officials passed new laws in the northern European nation.

Although the British government has agreed that 2Mbps broadband will be nationally available by 2012, this is a mere intention as apposed to Finland’s legally binding obligation that will ensure all Finns have home access to 1Mbps broadband as of today (July 1st.)

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Not content with the all encompassing 1Mbps offering, the Finnish government has also vowed to provide all residents with 100Mbps connectivity by 2015. The country’s communication minister, Suvi Linden has said: "We considered the role of the internet in Finns everyday life. Internet services are no longer just for entertainment.”

With around 96 per cent of the Finnish population already connected to the internet, it is believed that the government will still need to connect thousands of homes in order to comply with their own laws. At present, the internet usage level of UK residents stands at around 73 per cent. Whilst this is a lower percentage of penetration than in Finland, due to Britain’s vastly greater population, it is in fact higher in terms of overall user numbers.