Broadband Everywhere

3:30 PM -- All of a sudden, "Broadband for Everyone" plans are all the rage in Europe. The Brits have one that's already close to meltdown, the Finns have advanced their plans, and the Italians have joined in. (See Digital Britain Disappoints, Britain's Broadband Tax, and Brits Mull Broadband Bris.)

In Finland, broadband Internet access is to become a legal right come July 1, 2010, by which time all 5.3 million Finns must be able to get a connection running at a minimum 1 Mbit/s.

The country's Ministry of Transport and Communications is at least allowing the operators to "decide the technology they wish to use for the service." Check out the Ministry's directive here.

In Italy, the plan is get a 2-Mbit/s connection to everyone at some point in 2010, reports Reuters. The estimated cost for the Italian plans is said to be €800 million (US$1.2 billion), but that sounds rather low.

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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