The Finnish telecommunications regulator today said that the country’s citizens have a basic right to broadband speeds of 1 Mbps and suggested that the operators who have to supply such a service could charge between 30 to 40 Euros ($36.70 and $48.90) per month.
The issue of network neutrality is a big one for Silicon Valley, but you might never know it given the head-in-the-sand response from tech executives whose very livelihood depends on their ability to send the content they develop to millions of consumers over broadband pipes.
If reading about regulating broadband isn’t your thing, I’ve included two videos that can get you up to speed in no time on the wonky and complicated issue of broadband reclassification, and how the FCC found itself unable to exercise its authority over broadband pipes.
The FCC will begin the process of reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service subject to greater regulatory oversight from the agency. The reclassification was in response to a court ruling that challenged the FCC’s ability to enforce network neutrality under the current broadband regulatory regime. Here’s what the web is saying.
The FCC will seek to reclassify broadband as a transport service, opening up a way for the agency to enforce its network neutrality rules and implement the National Broadband Plan. Prepare for bitter fights as big ISPs try to keep the FCC from “regulating the Internet.”
The Federal Communications Commission may soon abandon its plan to reclassify high-speed Internet access as a transport service subject to its regulation. As a result the agency’s plans on issues from network neutrality and universal service fund reform could face legal challenges.