EU member states backed a €120 million plan to provide free Wi-Fi in public spaces across Europe.
The proposal aims to help provide free WiFi in town halls, public parks and other centers of public life. The EU will fund installation of local wireless access points, and the beneficiary will maintain the service. The free network will be easily recognizable to citizens under the WiFi4EU brand.
The WiFi4EU initiative was initially announced by EC President Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union Address in September.
Successful applicants will receive grants to install infrastructure offering minimum speeds of 30Mb/s in areas that attract people who would otherwise struggle to gain Internet access for cost or technical reasons.
WiFi4EU will promote digital local services such as e-government and is expected to increase citizens’ demand for connectivity and use of online services.