Free public Wi-fi

The EU institutions have agreed on grants for installing free public Wi-Fi hotspots in local communities across the EU. Local public authorities, municipalities or groups of municipalities will be able to apply for grants to install free wifi in public places like parks, markets or stations (where it does not already exist). A grant in the form of vouchers will be used to purchase and install state-of-the art equipment, i.e. local wireless access points, while the public authority will cover the running costs of the connection itself. The three EU institutions will ensure that €120 million shall be assigned to fund equipment for public free Wi-Fi services in 6,000 to 8,000 municipalities in all Member States.

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