High-speed internet access is a legal right in Finland

Life, liberty and the right to broadband access? If Thomas Jefferson and our enlightened forefathers were here today, perhaps our unalienable rights would mimic Finland’s, which will now include the right to broadband access. According to Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communication, 1-megabit web access will become a legal right for all citizens in July, the Los Angeles Times reports. France is one of the few countries that has made it a human right but Finland said it’s the first country to make it a legal right. It’s not clear whether those who can’t get connection can sue the government for the violation. Since 1-megabit web access is dauntingly slow — it’s equivalent to DSL speed — the government has pledged to expand the legal right to 100-megabit broadband access by the end of 2015.

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