The United Nations Broadband Commission summons all world leaders to ensure that broadband connection is accessible to half of the world’s population by 2015. The commission published its recommendations for action at a high-level meeting held before the UN General Assembly in New York.
– The Commission stressed that the right to a well-functioning, affordable broadband connection should be every citizen's basic right, said member of the Broadband Commission, Minister of Communications Suvi Lindén.
Finland was the first country in the world to pass a law making access to broadband a legal right for every citizen. Every person in Finland has the guaranteed access to a one-megabit broadband connection.
The importance of frequency policies were also highlighted strongly by the members of the Broadband Commission. The process of television network digitalisation should be speeded up and the use of frequencies optimised. This enables new frequency bands for mobile technology.
– It was delightful to notice that Finnish policies regards to frequencies are valued and that our communications policy sets a global example, Lindén says.