Finland to get 100% broadband coverage

Last week Finland voted a law that next summer everyone is entitled to at least 1Mbit broadband connection. Not for free, just that it must be available to 100%, if you are a nation wide service provider.

Considering that Finland is a sparsely populated country, and service providers have in fact been removing cables in the country side. Indeed, the statute allows for some variances in the speed specifically to allow implementations with wireless broadband.

Mostly I was actually surprised to see this so widely reported internationally. After all, 96% of the country is already covered today, covering the last 4% has more symbolic meaning than anything else.

The interesting question will be, does it matter? Will there be some interesting effects from knowing that 100% of the nation is broadband connected, and not only 96%. I actually don't think it does, but we got some nice press for it :-)

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