Finland has a passed a law requiring that major internet providers provide one-megabit internet connections for all households (at whatever price each household can afford, it seems). That said, 96% of the Finnish population already has consistent internet access…so the point of this law is more just to flaunt how great life in Finland is. BBC News writes:
From 1 July every Finn will have the right to access to a 1Mbps (megabit per second) broadband connection. Finland has vowed to connect everyone to a 100Mbps connection by 2015.
The Finnish deal means that from 1 July all telecommunications companies will be obliged to provide all residents with broadband lines that can run at a minimum 1Mbps speed.
Speaking to the BBC, Finland’s communication minister Suvi Linden explained the thinking behind the legislation: “We considered the role of the internet in Finns everyday life. Internet services are no longer just for entertainment.
“Finland has worked hard to develop an information society and a couple of years ago we realised not everyone had access,” she said. It is believed up to 96% of the population are already online and that only about 4,000 homes still need connecting to comply with the law.