Broadband to become a human right in Finland

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From the middle of next year Finland will become the first country in the world to incorporate access to broadband into its legislation as a basic human right.

From July next year, every person in Finland will have the right to have access to 1MG broadband connection. The Finnish government is already planning to make access to 100MG broadband a legal requirement by the end of 2015.

The Finnish government dedicated about €12.5 million to continue the rollout of its rural broadband initiative. On the government’s website, it said its aim was ensure nearly all citizens had access to high-speed broadband by the end of 2009.

The government said the construction of telecommunication was an efficient way to create jobs.

Labour MP Clare Curran agreed, saying the internet and access to broadband was the "highway of the future."

"It's a very interesting discussion, broadband and connectivity to the internet. Yes, I do think it is important [as a human right]."

Ms Curran said broadband had its heart in New Zealand's economic future, and that Finland was leading the way in promoting it as social and public interest to the world.

She added that people in rural areas had a direct disadvantage to people in urban areas in New Zealand who had access to high-speed broadband.

"I think it's very encouraging [Finland's move to make broadband a legal human right]. Finland is leading the way, as so often these Scandinavian countries do."

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Broadband a right?

Health care a right?

What is next?

Everyone gets a right to his neighbor's car, home, spouse and children?

I thought that slavery had been abolished a while ago. Now the cable and phone companies which created and own the broadband will be slaves, and so will their shareholders be.

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I'm so tired of the shareholders profit makers complaining about the rest of us citizens getting some basic needs covered by our government. Give it up already. Some people can't afford everything in the world like you sir.

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and who pays for this human right?

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People like you pay for it, and you should. Help out those in need and quit being selfish.

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Dear Clare Curran . You may be unaware that New Zealand Is not part of the EU hence we are not entitled to the absurd subsidies that are paid to member states which allows countries such as Finland to finance such worthwhile initatives .

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Well access is one thing but how about the right to even be on the internet. If you are accused, not proven guilty or taken to court or even convicted, three times your internet rights are gone for life. Yes not 1 day, month, year but your whole freaking life. This the agreement currently being discussed in secret among the WTO countries. How will Finland sign on then? Internet should not be taken away no matter what you have done. Once we go down that road the powers of the government can target anti-government people. Then what? Who will be the ones doing the accusing? Major Corps? Your neighbors? Your ex-wife/husband? ex-girlfriend/boyfriend? Random people? Remember the accusations do not have be verified, just made. George Orwell's 1984 just became a very possible reality if this is allowed.

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