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High-speed broadband throughout Finland by 2015

High-speed broadband throughout Finland by 2015

News article 19.09.2008 11.42

At an informal evening session held on 17 September, the Finnish Government deliberated over Communications Minister Suvi Lindén's proposal for a national plan of action making high-speed broadband available throughout Finland. The proposal is based on a broadband study conducted by Harri Pursiainen, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

At the informal night session, the Government stated that high-speed broadband would be available to all permanent residences and private enterprise/public administration domiciles by the end of 2015, in accordance with demand.

Connection speeds would be at least 100 megabytes per second. The distance from the user to the nearest fibre optic or cable network cannot be more than two kilometres.

Communications Minister Lindén considers realisation of the Government's goals an historic leap forward in evolution of the information society.

The Government's policy is intended to ensure that telecommunications networks meet the needs of the public both now and in the future. A decision in principle on achieving these goals will be made by the Government.

The Rapporteur's proposal for a national plan of action enclosed.