Thursday, 15 October 2009

Access to broadband & Finland

The digital divide is on our agenda soon, so discussion in our group today about the Finnish government which has just introduced laws guaranteeing broadband access to every person living in Finland (5.5 million people, give or take).


Well, it's only an aspiration but the UK's Digital Inclusion Champion, Martha Lane Fox spoke about “a race online for 2012” at the Digital Engagement conference on Monday (she aims to halve the number of people who don’t have online access by 2012). See http://www.digitalengagementevent.com/.


But what's the point in everyone having the right or encouragement to have broadband if UK provision is as bad as Cisco said it is earlier in the month... "UK broadband networks have been ranked 31st out of 66 countries in terms of quality, according to a new survey by networking equipment firm Cisco. Nations such as Bulgaria and Latvia are ranked higher than Britain, while Japan and South Korea lead the way with regard to overall service."

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