Creation date: March 20, 2018
Today the European Commission launched the Wifi4EU web portal, where municipalities from across Europe can register to receive financing for the installation of free wireless internet hotspots. The WiFi4EU initiative supports the setting up of Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces, including libraries, museums, public parks and squares across Europe.
€120 million has been allocated until 2020 to fund equipment for public free Wi-Fi services in 6,000 to 8,000 municipalities in all Member States plus Iceland and Norway. The first call for applications has set aside an indicative amount of €15 million for this purpose. Municipalities or groups of municipalities, as well as Wi-Fi installation suppliers, can register ahead of the call for applications via the WiFi4EU Portal, www.WiFi4EU.eu.
The first call will be launched in mid-May, when the registered municipalities will be able to apply for a first lot of 1,000 WiFi4EU vouchers. These vouchers, worth €15,000 each, will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis ensuring a geographical balance across Europe.
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