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Public WiFi plan in Europe takes shape

EU member states have given their backing for the WiFi4EU initiative, which aims to bring WiFi to public areas. At a meeting of the Telecoms Council, EU ministers approved a partial general approach on the European Commission's proposal to bring free WiFi to the main centres of community life. With the first call for projects expected to be launched before summer 2017, any local authority in the EU will be able to apply for a voucher and provide high-quality internet access in their parks, squares, public buildings, or libraries. Thanks to the efforts of the Slovak presidency of the Council of the EU, ministers in charge of telecoms have agreed that  WiFi4EU will be funded by the Connecting Europe Facility instrument. While keeping geographically balanced distribution between member states, vouchers will be allocated on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Total funding of €120 million has been earmarked for the 2017-19 period. The Commission estimates that at least 6,000 to 8,000 local communities will be able to benefit from the scheme. Read more and here

  • Friday, 09 December 2016

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