A law has been passed that will see Finland be the first country to declare broadband a legal right. From July 2010, telecommunications companies will be obliged to provide all 5.2m Finnish residents with a broadband connection at speeds of at least 1Meg. They plan to improve this in future with a view to making 100meg broadband available to everyone by 2015.
Whilst around 95% of the population already have Internet access, the law should help fill in the gaps, particularly in rural areas, where only limited access is available.
Earlier this year, France declared Internet access to be a human right and accordingly dropped plans for disconnecting users who illegally share copyrighted material. In the meantime, back here in the UK we are looking at the opposite of a legal right to broadband or Internet access and are mulling over implementing the very same system that was deemed illegal in France- remove a users Internet access if they are thought to fall foul of copyright infringement laws.