The EU will sponsor free wireless internet access points in town halls, libraries, parts and other public places under a new scheme called WiFi4EU tha
The EU will sponsor free wireless internet access points in town halls, libraries, parts and other public places under a new scheme called WiFi4EU that was adopted by the council this Monday, according to their press statement.
“The WiFi4EU scheme will make high-quality internet more accessible for many citizens and gives local municipalities, libraries and other public bodies the opportunity to promote their digital services. It could even trigger a virtuous investment cycle.“, commented Urve Palo, Minister for Enterpreneurship and Information Technology of Estonia as quoted by the press release.
The scheme will see municipalities, hospital and other public sector bodies applying for funding for the installation of new Wi-Fi access poins where there is no similar existing private or public internet connection that can be duplicated by the hotspot, as the EU explained.
The procedure to apply is simple. The Commission will manage a dedicated online platform and the EU will cover 100% of the eligible costs.
The total EU funding for the scheme is expected to reach 120 million euro by 2019. The money will be allocated in a geographically banalance way among EU countries.
“The exact selection criteria will be laid down by the Commission, which will also manage the scheme.”, as the press release stated.
The full text of the regulation is published on the following link.