The Great Debate (India)

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

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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?

from The Great Debate:

Advancing global Internet freedom

Leslie Harris -- Leslie Harris is the president and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, DC. The views expressed are her own. --

In the wake of troubling reports as recently as last year that Western companies were assisting China with Internet censorship and the unmasking of cyber-dissidents, governments around the world seemed poised to regulate the conduct of Internet companies. Lawmakers appear to have stepped back from those efforts, but the challenges of advancing global Internet freedom remain.

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