Creation date: December 7, 2018
Today the European Commission announced the results of the first WiFi4EU call for proposals, which ran on 7-9 November 2018. 2,800 municipalities were selected to receive a WiFi4EU voucher worth €15,000. The total budget of the initiative was €42 million. The selected municipalities will be able to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces, such as town halls, libraries, museums, parks, squares and other places of public interest.
Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel welcomed the announcement in the following statement: "Thanks to the first WiFi4EU call, 2,800 municipalities will be able to give thousands of Europeans and visitors free internet access in public spaces across the EU, bringing connectivity closer to citizens in their day-to-day lives. Those municipalities are located in all corners of Europe. Improving connectivity in the EU is a key part of our Digital Single Market strategy, and WiFi4EU is another concrete step to make it a reality for everyone." You can read the full statement here. There will be three further calls for which municipalities that did not receive a voucher this time can apply. The second call will be launched at the beginning of 2019. In total, around 8,000 municipalities will be able to benefit from this scheme between now and 2020. More general information on the initiative is available here and in a simple factsheet.