Today in Rome the European Commission and Italian government are committing in working together to provide more freely accessible WiFi in Europe.

Today in Rome Italian government and Commission commited to work on WiFi4EU project. The Italian Government's project Wi-Fi Italia is aiming to provide access to a federated network of new and existing Wi-Fi hotspots accross Italy. The Commission believes that this project could be a basis for WiFi4EU initiative that will be deployed throughout Europe from 2018 to 2020.

The Commission's and Italian government's collaboration will make the two projects more effective and resourceful, for the same goal: to provide free of charge and non-discriminatory access to high quality local WiFi access points to EU citizens and visitors. Both projects will also provide easy access to online services through a dedicated app.

The European Commission believes that some other similar pilot projects may join this preparatory work for WiFi4EU in the other Member States or regions.

Background

On 29 May, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission reached a political agreement on the WiFi4EU initiative and its funding. According to the agreement, the three institutions will work together to ensure €120 million funding for setting up wireless hotspots across the EU in 6,000 to 8,000 municipalities by 2020.

For more information

State of the Union's page

WiFi4EU page

Factsheet on WiFi4EU