Finland declares broadband a legal right

Finland became the first county in the world to declare broadband a legal right for each and every citizen last year in October of 2009. This month July of 2010 the law will be put into action, providing a 1 Mbps connection free of charge. Instead of subsidizing the cost, the Finnish government is forcing broadband companies to provide the service and has even promised access to 100 Mbps connections for every citizen by the end of 2015.

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City to announce Wireless Minneapolis hotspots

Mayor R.T. Rybak, Council Member Elizabeth Glidden and Council Member Schiff will announce the start of free wireless Internet access at more than 100 locations throughout Minneapolis. Folks will also be on hand to demonstrate how to access the Internet from one of these hotspots.

News conference: 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 25 @ Powderhorn Park – E. 35th St. and 15th Ave. S

Topics to be covered:

  • How Wireless Minneapolis hotspots are helping bridge the digital divide.
  • How Minneapolis is national leader in providing wireless Internet access to its residents, businesses and visitors. Community benefits from contract with USI Wireless including Wireless Community accounts
    and Civic Garden.
  • How to find out where the hotspots are located and how they’re identified.
  • How to access the Internet from one of the hotspots.