Birth, Death, Taxes, and High Speed Internet. Now written into Finland’s laws

by Jeff Wiener on October 16, 2009

finlandYes, that’s right. High Speed Internet is now a Finnish law. Starting July 2010 every person in Finland will now have guaranteed access to a minimum of 1 MB internet. Now, just when you might be thinking that 1MB internet isn’t fast enough, by 2015 every person will have access to 100 MB internet.

We’re clearly living in a world where cheap, and high speed access to the internet and technology is, and will continue to separate the have from the have not countries. The brain generation created by access to this technology is a competitive advantage. Give your people access to the tools and invest in the technology. There is, unfortunately, a big difference between the have and have not country internet adoption rates. According to the Internet World Stats web site, North American’s lead the group with 74% internet adoption, followed by Australia with 60%, and at the bottom of the pack, Africa with an extreme low of 7%. The good news for Africa is that their internet usage has grown the most of all regions at 1,360% growth over the last 9 years.

Internet is a standard utility, it’s a necessity. Just like the difference between a high speed highway and dirt road. A large city can’t function on dirt roads. Traffic jams happen, manufacturing and businesses suffer, and capital leaves. Bandwidth and high speed pipes need to be, in some respect, a joint venture between the government and the private sector. I suggest “in some respects” only because I’m not personally a big fan of the government intervention in the private sector, but, many rural areas would never get serviced if it weren’t for government intervention.

Technology adoption, access to high speed internet, and a clear understanding of technology and it’s place in society must be viewed as a necessity.

Finland gets it. Now the rest of the world has to catch up.

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