The European Commission wishes to promote free WiFi connectivity for citizens and visitors in public spaces including parks, squares, public buildings, libraries, health centres, and museums, everywhere in Europe through the WiFi4EU scheme.
Who will benefit?
Everyone. The WiFi4EU scheme will be disbursed in a geographically balanced manner, so that high-speed connections can benefit both residents and visitors of thousands of local communities across the EU. It is predicted that at least 6,000 to 8,000 local communities will have free WiFi installed by 2020.
Who can apply?
The WiFi4EU scheme will be open to public sector bodies – typically local municipalities, libraries, health centres, etc. Local authorities will be encouraged to develop and promote their own digital services in areas such as e-government, e-health and e-tourism through a dedicated app.
Budget and Funding
The budget for the WiFi4EU scheme is set at 120 million Euros. This will support the installation of state-of-the-art WiFi equipment (network infrastructure), while the beneficiary will pay for the connectivity (internet subscription) and maintenance.
How to apply for WiFi4EU?
The WiFi4EU scheme will be delivered through simple and non-bureaucratic procedures including online applications, payments by vouchers (each worth 15,000 Euros) and light-touch monitoring requirements. The projects will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The first call for projects is expected to be launched early 2018.
Register here: www.WiFi4EU.eu
How will it work?
All selected municipalities will receive a WiFi4EU voucher, worth 15,000 Euros. This will cover installation costs of the WiFi equipment in their chosen centres.
- Municipalities will pay for the internet access and the maintenance of the network during the first three years
- Installation should not duplicate existing free private or public networks in the same public space
- WiFi4EU-funded networks must be free of charge for all users
- Municipalities are free to select the installation company of their choice