More than 300 Benelux municipalities apply for free Wi-Fi hotspots




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The European Commission reports that there are more than 13,000 applications for Wifi4EU coming in from municipalities of the various EU member states. There are more than 300 applications from Benelux municipalities. This project should lead to free Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces.

The results presented by the European Commission show that Belgium is good for a total of 219 registrations. That is significantly more than the 67 Dutch registrations; Luxemberg is responsible for 22 registrations. Italy is at the forefront with 3202 applications, followed by 2116 Spanish registrations and Germany with 1824 municipalities.

In total there are 13,198 applications from various municipalities from EU member states. These are the results of a first application round for Wifi4EU, which according to the Commission was very successful. The application round ran from 7 to 9 November and within 10 seconds more than 4000 municipalities had registered.

A budget of 42 million euros is available for this first registration round. The Commission says that on the basis of this budget, 2800 municipalities will receive vouchers of 15,000 euros. This should be used to install Wi-Fi hotspots in public areas such as town halls, libraries, museums or parks. Between 2018 and 2020, the budget will total 120 million euros. Each Member State receives a minimum of fifteen vouchers and a maximum of 224.

In December the Commission will announce which 2800 municipalities will be able to view the vouchers. Before that happens, the executive body for the WiFi4EU project, the Innovation and Network Executive Agency, will first check whether the applications meet the conditions. Municipalities that do not now belong to the winners can then compete in three new rounds in the next two years.


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