Information Society Code ensures electronic communications services

News article 30.01.2014 14.05 fi sv en

Minister of Housing and Communications Pia Viitanen (Photo: Prime Minister´s office)

The complete reform of legislation applying to electronic communications is making headway. On 30 January 2014, Finland's Government submitted its proposal for Information Society Code to Parliament.

In accordance with the Government Programme, the key provisions that apply to electronic communications have been integrated in the Information Society Code.

After overlapping items were removed and provisions were consolidated the Information Society Code now consists of just over 350 sections, whereas there were previously 490 sections in ten different acts.

The purpose of the Information Society Code is to ensure that electronic communications services are available throughout Finland. The services must be technologically sophisticated, safe, easy-to-use and reasonably priced. Legislation will also be used to create better than ever conditions for competitive business, development of and innovations in communications technology.

The Information Society Code is scheduled to enter into force on 1 January 2015.