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Wifi4EU: Municipalities

Municipalities within the European Union are eligible to apply for a voucher as part of the WiFi4EU initiative. The vouchers, worth €15,000 each, will help provide your community with a free public connection.

How it works

The WiFi4EU initiative is open to municipalities or associations formed by municipalities (applying on behalf of one or more of their members). The list of eligible entities is updated by the Member States before each call for applications.

Once a municipality wins a voucher, it is free to install the WiFi4EU hotspots in any public place that can be considered the centre of their community life: town hall, public libraries, health centres, museum, square, park, etc.

The voucher will provide a fixed amount of funding per municipality. It will fund the equipment and installation costs, while the beneficiary will pay for the connectivity and maintenance of the equipment for 3 years. The municipalities that receive a voucher will select the 'centres of public life' where the WiFi4EU hotspots (wireless access points) will be installed. They may also use the WiFi4EU voucher to partially fund a project of higher value.

Voucher Assignment

The vouchers are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to ensure a geographical balance, each participating country will be entitled to a minimum of 15 vouchers.

How to apply

The WiFi4EU scheme will be delivered through simple and non-bureaucratic procedures such as online applications, payments by vouchers and light-touch monitoring requirements. Municipalities wishing to apply for a voucher should first register at the WiFi4EU portal. Once registered, the municipalities can apply at the time that the call opens by revisiting the portal and sending their application. The voucher winners will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are unlucky and miss out on the first call, you will be able to try again in the next ones.

The map of WiFi4EU winners

The WiFi4EU initiative is having a concrete impact on municipalities across Europe by promoting free access to Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens in public spaces. Check out the country maps (.pdf) to discover where you may be able to connect to the free and public WiFi4EU network!

Austria Belgium Bulgaria Cyprus Czech Republic Germany Denmark Estonia Greece 

Spain Finland France Croatia Hungary Ireland Iceland Italy Lithuania Luxembourg Latvia Malta 

Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Sweden Slovakia Slovenia | United Kingdom

 

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WiFi4EU: Commission unveils final results of the second call for applications

The European Commission announced the results of the second WiFi4EU call for proposals, which ran from 4 to 5 April. 3,400 municipalities will receive vouchers each worth €15,000 to cover the cost of installing Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces, including town halls, public libraries, museums, public parks or squares. The total budget for this call was €51 million and applications came from all the countries taking part in the programme, namely EU Member States, Iceland and Norway.

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WiFi4EU: Questions and Answers

Who will benefit from the WiFi4EU programme? How to apply for WiFi4EU? Are there any specific conditions for the projects?
What is the budget of WiFi4EU?

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WiFi4EU initiative: how will it work?

The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission reached a political agreement on the WiFi4EU initiative and its funding on 29 May 2017.

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The WiFi4EU initiative promotes free access to Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens in public spaces including parks, squares, public buildings, libraries, health centres and museums in municipalities throughout Europe.

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