Finns given a legal right to 1Mbps broadband

Finns have been given a legal right to have 1Mbps broadband access.

The new law passed today means that the country’s government telecommunicatons companies will be obliged to provide citizens with an internet connection with a minimum speed of 1Mbps. The government hopes to later extend this to offer its people 100Mbps by 2015.

Suvi Linden told the BBC: “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.”

As it stands around 96 percent of people have access to 1Mbps or above. In comparison the UK has around 73 percent of its citizens online.

The British government has agreed to provide everyone with a minimum 2Mbps broadband connection by 2012 but it is a commitment rather than a legally binding ruling.