[ Director: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano X

quinta-feira, 1 de junho de 2017

EU agrees to fund free Wi-Fi for European towns with no internet coverage

The initial budget of the WiFi4EU scheme is €120 million between 2017-2019. It will support the installation of state-of-the-art Wi-Fi equipment in the centres of community life.
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The initiative will be funded from the current €1 trillion EU budget, which runs from 2014 to 2020. Towns will have to apply to get the funds “in principle on a first-come, first-served basis,” although some geographical balance between the EU’s 28 member states will be sought, said the Maltese EU Presidency, which brokered the agreement.

The scheme will be open to any local entity with a public mission – typically local municipalities but also libraries or health centres – to fund the equipment and installation costs, the European Commission explained.

It wants to fund free Wi-Fi “in public squares, piazzas, parks, hospitals and other indoor or outdoor public spaces”, the EU executive said in a statement.

The WiFi4EU initiative will contribute to the  vision of having “every European village and every city with free wireless internet ac­cess around the main centres of public life by 2020”, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said when he launched the initiative last year.
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