The European Commission wishes to promote free Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens and visitors in public spaces such as parks, squares, public building, libraries, health centres, and museums everywhere in Europe through WiFi4EU.
"We need to be connected. Our economy needs it. People need it. And we have to invest in that connectivity now." – President Juncker, State of the Union 2016.
The initial budget of the WiFi4EU scheme is EUR 120 million between 2017-2019. It will support the installation of state-of-the-art Wi-Fi equipment in the centres of community life.
All Europeans will benefit
The WiFi4EU scheme will be disbursed in a geographically balanced manner, so that high-speed connections can benefit both residents and visitors of thousands of local communities across the EU:• At least 6,000 to 8,000 local communities
• Up to 40-50 million connections per day
Entities with a public mission
The WiFi4EU scheme will be open to entities with a public mission – typically local municipalities, libraries, health centres, etc. It will fund the equipment and installation costs (internet access points), while the local entity will pay for the connectivity (internet subscription) and maintenance in good order of the equipment.
The local authorities will be encouraged to develop and promote their own digital services in areas such as e-government, e-health and e-tourism.
How to apply for WiFi4EU?
The WiFi4EU scheme will be delivered through simple and non-bureaucratic procedures such as online applications, payments by vouchers and light-touch monitoring requirements.
As soon as the WiFi4EU scheme is approved by the European Parliament and Council of Ministers, the first call for projects will be launched. The projects will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. Projects applying to the scheme should propose to equip areas where a public or a private Wi-Fi offering similar characteristics does not already exist.
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