What was the first country to make internet access a legal right?
Finland has become the first country in the world to declare broadband Internet access a legal right. The move by Finland is aimed at bringing web access to rural areas, where access has been limited. As of July 2010, telecommunication companies in the northern European nation are required to provide all 5.2 million citizens with Internet connection that runs at speeds of at least 1 megabit per second. The one-megabit mandate, however, is simply an intermediary step, said Laura Vilkkonen, the legislative counselor for the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The country is aiming for speeds that are 100 times faster for everybody by 2015.