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22 July 2017 04:45 (South Africa)

Finns say broadband is a legal right

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

Finland’s parliament has just passed a law that declares broadband a legal right, not merely a privilege, for every Finnish citizen. Until 2015 the minimum right will be a 1MB connection. In 2015, however, it will grow all the way up to 100MB. Finland’s legislation on broadband is the first globally, but we presume others will follow, and soon. There is a growing consensus (South Africa’s communications department excluded) that broadband connection is an infrastructure issue in the same way as paved streets and access to water. (South Africa’s transport and water affairs departments excluded.)

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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