Finland has announced it is to become the world's first country to offer broadband services as a legal right.
The country's Ministry of Transport and Communications has revealed that, from the start of July next year, all residents in the nation will be entitled to a broadband connection of at least 1Mb.
According to news provider YLE, some variation will be allowed in the proposals, depending on whether services need to be provided either via fixed line or mobile broadband services.
However, the announcement is part of wide ranging plans, which include the intention to ensure a 100Mb broadband connection is a legal right to all homes and businesses by the end of 2015.
Details of the plans to make broadband access a legal requirement have come after BT confirmed it is to more than double the availability of its fibre-optic broadband service in the UK by 2012.
The company hopes the technology will deliver speeds of up to 100Mb.