MEPs and national governments agree on WiFi4EU – helping to bring free Wi-Fi to all Europeans

MEPs and national governments agree on WiFi4EU – helping to bring free Wi-Fi to all Europeans, digitalunion, #DigitalUnion, Carlos Zorrinho,

Negotiators of the European Parliament and national governments agreed late yesterday night on a plan dubbed WiFI4EU to offer free Wi-Fi connectivity in public spaces such as parks, squares and public buildings everywhere in Europe. The agreement ensures an overall amount of €120 million will be made available to fund equipment designed to bring high quality Wi-Fi to 6000-8000 communities.
 
European Parliament negotiator on WiFi4EU, Carlos Zorrinho, S&D MEP, said:
 
“Every European should benefit from Wi-Fi connectivity no matter where they live or how much they earn. Last night's deal brought that one step closer. Ensuring access to high-speed broadband services that is free of charge is key for building a digital union that leaves no one behind.
 
“As a pilot project, WiFi4EU can help increase connectivity for European citizens. This is why it is important to get this project right from the beginning. Yesterday night we reached an agreement that will ensure a geographical balance between and within member states and will promote digital inclusion and create a blueprint for a European digital identity.

"WiFi4EU in the long run will help connect every European village and every city with free wireless internet access in public spaces."