Broadband access made a legal right in Finland

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Finland has made internet access a legal right for all citizens.

The Minister of Communications said that "a reasonably priced and high-quality broadband connection will be everyone's basic right" as of yesterday. Suvi Linden said that 26 telecom operators "must be able to provide every permanent residence and business office" with access to a connection with a downstream rate of at least one megabit per second.

Communications officials said 99 per cent of households in the nation of 5.3 million already had such broadband access.