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July 1, 2010

Broadband in Finland becomes a legal right

Finland_flag.gifStarting today, Finland has made it a legal right for every one in the country to be connected to basic Internet broadband service of 1 megabit per second downlink speed, and has vowed to give everyone a 100 Mbps connection by 2015.

The BBC has the story.

Finland is one of the smaller countries in Europe, with about 5.4 million people. Making broadband ubiquitous for citizens has become a bigger issue here in the United States.

I've been writing about it in the context of Baltimore's efforts to attract a Google fiber-optic pilot project this year. The FCC is also pushing a national broadband plan in the U.S.


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Posted by Gus Sentementes at 12:47 PM | | Comments (1)
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I like what Finland has done. I wouldn't mind seeing it adopted here as long as people could opt-out if they didn't want the connection. The internet has proven to be a vital communication tool and it's increasingly required for all sorts of things including job applications.

On a somewhat related note, I wish the government would get more serious about improving internet performance. We hand out tons of tax breaks and credits to the ISPs. We really should start putting mandatory minimums on service much like the fuel economy requirements put on the automotive industry.

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About Gus G. Sentementes
Gus G. Sentementes (@gussent on Twitter) has been writing for The Baltimore Sun since 2000. He's covered real estate, business, prisons, and suburban and Baltimore City crime and cops. He was one of the first reporters at The Sun to use multimedia tools and Web applications -- a video camera, an iPhone -- to cover breaking news. He hopes to cover Maryland geeks and the gadgets and Web sites they build, and learn -- and share -- something new every day.

Gus has a wife, a young daughter and two feuding cats. They live in Northeast Baltimore.
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