EU to fund free wifi spots in public places
Wifi4EU-funded networks will be free of charge, advertising and data harvesting
With the voucher, the local authority will be able to set up WiFi hotspots in public spaces. File photograph: Bloomberg
Funding has been secured to introduce free Wifi hotspots to public spaces across the country.
The EU is making €120 million available for European local authorities over the next three years as part of the Wifi4EU scheme. Local authorities were invited to apply for vouchers worth € 15,000 to provide free public WiFi in town centres, parks, libraries and museums.
“There was a lot of interest in this scheme from around Europe. €120 million will be available for up to 8,000 local authorities across the EU by 2020,” she said.
Wifi4EU-funded networks will be free of charge, advertising and personal data harvesting.
“The beneficiaries will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Every participating country is guaranteed a minimum of 15 vouchers and can potentially win a maximum of 224 vouchers,” Ms Clune added.
“With the voucher, the local authority will be able to set up a WiFi hotspot in public spaces, including town halls, public libraries, museums, public parks or squares.”