Finland Makes Broadband a Human Right
All Finns are now guaranteed a connection
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2010 2:09 PM CDT
Finland's guaranteeing broadband Internet service to its citizens as a basic human right. Now if only Virginia would get its act together...   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Sure, here in the US we have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But the Finnish government is tossing in the right to speedy Internet access, reports the AFP. Today Finland became the first country in the world to guarantee the availability of a broadband connection for every citizen. "The universal service obligation concerning Internet access of one Megabit per second (Mbit/s) has entered into force," says a government official.