Until May 15, Municipalities Can Apply For Free Wireless Internet

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Bulgaria: Until May 15, Municipalities Can Apply For Free Wireless Internet

Until May 15 is the deadline for the real application of the project for free wireless internet in the municipalities of the European Union, Mariya Gabriel said. ,,Now only the online registration on the website is available, she added.

The European Wifi4Eu initiative has already begun, with projects for free wireless internet in public areas being funded, with the planned budget for the initiative,

The budget of the WiFi4EU scheme is EUR 120 million between 2017-2019. It will support the installation of state-of-the-art Wi-Fi equipment in the centres of community life.

Who will benefit?

All Europeans

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 - at least 6,000 to 8,000 local communities by 2020.

Local public bodies

The WiFi4EU scheme will be open to public sector bodies – typically local municipalities, libraries, health centres, etc. It will fund the equipment and installation costs (internet access points), while the beneficiary will pay for the connectivity (internet subscription) and maintenance in good order of the equipment for 3 years.

The 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.

How to apply for WiFi4EU?

The WiFi4EU scheme will be delivered through simple and non-bureaucratic procedures such as online applications, payments by vouchers and light-touch monitoring requirements.

The projects will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. Project promoters applying to the scheme should propose to equip areas where a free public or a private Wi-Fi hotspot offering similar characteristics does not already exist.

 

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