One country which managed to outstrip my prior imagination of it is Finland. My home has lots of Finnish stuff in it, mostly practical, I have to say.
Finland has 60,000 lakes, much of it is covered in ice and snow for several months of the year. One of the biggest reasons for deaths on Finnish roads is not just drinking (absolutely kielletty to drink and drive) but Elks. Elk-related rtas are about contribute half as many road deaths as drink driving. Hit an elk and you know about it. In Finland, you live in the woods. In Helsinki you sit cheek by jowl with ministers of state and fishermen, on the many wharfside cafes. In Finland you can look glum without people asking if you are alright. Finland has become wealthy by moving with the times. Nokia, for example began by manufacturing tree fiber-based communications media, also known as paper, and later moved on to phones. Finland joined the EU, without a referendum, but the less said about that, the better.
And so it is that the Finns have announced that Broadband internet is now classed as a legal right.
It is not easy to make that kind of deal in a country as geographically challenged as Finland, but then again, they don't cancel trains when it snows either.
So at first, they are only saying it should be 1 Mbps, but its a start. I only get 2-3 Mbps and I have the top package from BT and I live less than 15 miles from the Capital of Scotland.
With an entire population less than that of London, the Finns are now well ahead in the broadband revolution. Friends. We are fucked.