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?

Is FIFA being pedestrian in its approach to technology?


England's Frank Lampard (R) celebrates with team mate Wayne Rooney after a shot at the goal during the 2010 World Cup second round soccer match against Germany at Free State stadium in Bloemfontein June 27, 2010. A video replay showed that Lampard's shot had crossed the line but was not given by referee Jorge Larrionda of Uruguay (L). REUTERS/Darren Staples

Two goals, one denied and another granted, queered the pitch for use of technology in the beautiful game.

Trailing 2-1 against Germany in a do-or-die pre-quarterfinal match at the 2010 World Cup, England’s Frank Lampard unleashed a long ranger in the 39th minute which beat the goalkeeper and hit the crossbar.

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.