The Great Debate (India)

Finns have legal right to broadband – should India follow suit?


In a first of its kind legislation by any country, Finland has made broadband internet access a legal right for all its citizens.

Visitors to a New Delhi trade fair pass a billboard showing a large computer screen at a fair stall in New Delhi November 16. REUTERS/FilesAs per the new law that came into effect from July 1, Finnish telecom companies will have to provide its citizens broadband lines with a minimum speed of 1Mbps.

Media reports say up to 96 percent of Finland’s population is already online and only about 4,000 homes will need to be connected to comply with the new rule.

Finland may have set a precedent for other governments to follow. But does this mean India could also get such a legislation in the near future?