Finland made access to a 1 Mbps broadband connection a legal right in July 2010, with the ambition of 100 Mbps for everyone by 2015 back in 2009. At the time this generated a lot of how far behind we are in the UK and how lucky those living in Finland are, now roll on a few years and an article on arstechnica looks deeper behind the headlines and PR.
"To date, 86 percent of the 5.35 million Finnish population lives within two kilometers of a 100Mbps connection, and the expectation is that this will grow to 95 percent by 2015. By that definition, it looks like Finland will come very close to meeting its goal. (Finnish households are expected to pay for that final connection to the home, should they want the full 100Mbps fiber service.)"Extract from arstechnica article on Finnish Universal Broadband
Yes you are reading that right, you only need to be 2km from the fibre link and the resident pays for the up to 2km of connection to connect themselves. Remind anyone of the ambitions that Openreach promote via its Fibre on Demand solution?
A word of warning for those rural communities that decide to roll-out a community based fibre solution (which is popular in Finland), one small town of 2,500 people saw the birth rate drop from 20 children per year to just nine the first year after fibre arrived. The suggestion being that couples are now too busy watching TV?