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Spain Codifies ‘The Right to Broadband’


[This arti­cle orig­i­nally found here:,2817,2356014,00.asp]

MADRID, Nov 17 (Reuters) — Spanish cit­i­zens will have a legal right from 2011 to be able to buy broad­band inter­net of at least one megabyte per sec­ond at a reg­u­lated price wher­ever they live, the country’s indus­try min­is­ter said on Tuesday.

The tele­coms oper­a­tor hold­ing the so-called “uni­ver­sal ser­vice” con­tract would have to guar­an­tee it could offer “rea­son­ably” priced broad­band through­out Spain, said Miguel Sebas­t­ian in a state­ment sent to media.

For­mer state monop­oly Tele­fon­ica has always held the uni­ver­sal con­tract aimed at pro­tect­ing con­sumers in poorly pop­u­lated areas from being cut off in cases where oper­a­tors would oth­er­wise con­sider pro­vid­ing the ser­vice unprofitable.

The ser­vice also sub­sidises tele­coms to dis­abled users.

Until now, the “uni­ver­sal ser­vice” has only guar­an­teed inter­net via tele­phone line, fixed tele­phone, direc­tory ser­vice and tele­phone booths.

Ear­lier this month, Spain’s tele­coms reg­u­la­tor, the CMT, pro­posed that Tele­fon­ica, Voda­fone and Orange foot the cost of pro­vid­ing the uni­ver­sal ser­vice for 2006, which it judged had cost 75.34 mil­lion euros, with Tele­fon­ica pay­ing 71 per­cent of the costs.

Adding inter­net to the uni­ver­sal ser­vice would increase the future cost of the uni­ver­sal service.

The yearly cal­cu­la­tions of the cost of the ser­vice take about two years to complete.

Con­sumer group FACUA said it wel­comed that broad­band inter­net would finally be a right but said the speed was insuf­fi­cient and the mea­sure should be intro­duced before 2011.

“FACUA calls on the min­is­ter to speed up the mea­sure, increase the speed and to set a rea­son­able price,” the organ­i­sa­tion said in a statement.

(Report­ing by Sarah Morris)

Finland makes 1Mb broadband access a legal right


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Finland’s Min­istry of Trans­port and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions has made 1-megabit broad­band Web access a legal right, YLE, the country’s national broad­cast­ing com­pany, reported on Wednes­day.

Accord­ing to the report, every per­son in Fin­land (a lit­tle over 5 mil­lion peo­ple, accord­ing to a 2009 esti­mate) will have the right of access to a 1Mb broad­band con­nec­tion start­ing in July. And they may ulti­mately gain the right to a 100Mb broad­band connection.

Just more than a year ago, Fin­land said it would make a 100Mb broad­band con­nec­tion a legal right by the end of 2015. Wednesday’s announce­ment is con­sid­ered an inter­me­di­ate step.

France, one of a few coun­tries that has made Inter­net access a human right, did so ear­lier this year. France’s Con­sti­tu­tional Coun­cil ruled that Inter­net access is a basic human right. That said, it stopped short of mak­ing “broad­band access” a legal right. Fin­land says that it’s the first coun­try to make broad­band access a legal right.

But Finland’s def­i­n­i­tion of “access” to broad­band is a lit­tle fuzzy. Accord­ing to the Helsinki Times when it reported the 100Mb tar­get last year, the Finnish gov­ern­ment said that no house­hold “would be far­ther than 2 kilo­me­ters from a con­nec­tion capa­ble of deliv­er­ing broad­band Inter­net with a capac­ity of at least 100 megabits of data a sec­ond.” It did say, though, that “about 2,000 (house­holds) in far-flung cor­ners of the coun­try” wouldn’t be included. Osten­si­bly, Fin­land plans to keep that same dis­tri­b­u­tion when its 1Mb broad­band access is implemented.

Fin­land has long been a tech-industry leader that has done a fine job invest­ing in tech­nol­ogy, more than many of its Euro­pean coun­ter­parts. It’s also home to Nokia, among other tech firms.

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