The EU provides free WIFI in public places

first_imgApplications for funding for the WIFI4EU program have officially started.The 120m-euro project is open to all EU cities and municipalities to apply for Wi-Fi equipment. On the adress thus, regional and local self-government units in Croatia can apply to provide funds for wireless internet infrastructure.The goal of the WIFI4EU program is to introduce free wireless internet access in all public places (public administrations, schools, libraries, healthcare facilities, museums, public parks and squares) to make it easier for communities to integrate into the digital single market. Following the opening of the portal for the registration of municipalities, cities and service providers, the first of a total of five calls for funding, worth 15m euros, will be launched in mid-May and will provide funding for a total of XNUMX fastest applications.Funding for WiFi4EU is provided from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF – Telecommunications Division) in the amount of 120 million euros from 2017 – 2019.15, and it is estimated that the program will be available in approximately six to eight thousand local communities by 2020. The EU will finance the cost of equipment and installation of wireless internet access points, and users will commit to financing connectivity (internet subscription) and equipment maintenance and providing free and high quality wireless internet connectivity to citizens and visitors for at least three years.In the first phase of the tender, local governments and service providers will have six weeks to register on the portal, which is a prerequisite for participation in subsequent calls for funding. The speed and order of registration on the portal will not affect the subsequent distribution of funds. Also, once a registered local government unit and service provider will not have to re-register to participate in later calls.The second, and more important phase, is the announcement of the call for funding. The speed, ie the order of applications, will be a key factor at this stage, as the Commission will apply the “first come, first served” principle.For the first call for funding, 15 million euros have been provided, ie 1000 vouchers worth 15000 euros, which will be given to the 1000 fastest local self-government units for the purchase and installation of state-of-the-art equipment. The Commission will provide a minimum of 15 vouchers for each Member State, and has introduced a limit of 8 percent of the total amount of funds that can be allocated within one Member State. The Commission will issue a total of five calls, an average of one every 6 months. While EUR 15 million will be distributed through the first call, it is planned to increase this amount to between EUR 20 and 25 million through subsequent calls.last_img read more