The European Parliament has sealed the legislation that will underpin the WiFi4EU initiative. This initiative will give access to free and high-speed internet in the public spaces of some 6,000 to 8,000 local communities in the EU by 2020.

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel in charge of Digital Economy and Society said: "I thank the Members of the European Parliament for the vote today. WiFi4EU initiative will give to all European citizens from around the continent the opportunity to exchange ideas, dream and build their common future together. We are finalising our preparations so that once the legislation enters into force, municipalities can register and apply online for funding up to 120 million euros. We expect to award the first 1,000 vouchers to municipalities in all Member States in early 2018."

The EU institutions have agreed that the funding will be allocated in a geographically balanced manner across the EU – all Member States will receive vouchers – on a "first-come first-served" basis. Municipalities will be free to choose where to install free Wi-Fi hotspots in the public spaces: town halls, public libraries, health centres, squares, parks etc. After a single registration, users will be able to easily access all WiFi4EU hotspots across Europe.

More information on WiFi4EU (available in all EU languages)