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This article was published on November 19, 2009

    First Finland, Now Spain Makes Broadband Access a Legal Right.

    First Finland, Now Spain Makes Broadband Access a Legal Right.
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    spain-flagLast month we brought you newsof Finland’s intention to make broadband a legal right for its five million population.

    Now Spain is following suit and from 2011, Telecom companies that are part of Spain’s “universal service” system will have to make broadband available at a “reasonable” price to everyone, including people living in rural parts of the country where it would normally be expensive to do so, Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian said in a statement on Tuesday.

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

    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.

    Never happy these consumer groups.