The European Commission wishes to promote free Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens and visitors in public spaces
On 29 May, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission reached a political agreement on the WiFi4EU initiative and its funding. According to the agreement, the three institutions will work together to ensure €120 million in funding for setting up wireless hotspots across the EU in 6,000 to 8,000 municipalities by 2020.
The WiFi4EU scheme will be open to public sector bodies, such as municipalities, public libraries, hospitals, etc. Additionally, the initiative is also open to existing public networks – the local authorities can join of WiFi4EU hotspots, if they wish to do so.
It should be mentioned that the EU will fund the equipment and installation costs of Wi-Fi hotspots (internet access points), while the beneficiary (e.g. municipality or any other local public institution) will pay for the connectivity (internet subscription) and maintenance of the equipment.
Source: European Commission
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