After two phases of applications in which more than 23,000 municipalities participated, the third call for the European WIFI4EU program is scheduled to start in October. Now the European Commission publishes the list of eligible municipalities, including about 300 Portuguese.
In the last phase of applications, more than 10,000 cities submitted applications for free Wi-Fi networks, which wanted access to the funding of 15 thousand euros for each voucher delivered. Portugal left the second call with 80 winning municipalities, including Alcochete, Barreiro, Cascais, Castelo Branco, Lamego, Meda, Odivelas, Seixal and Vila Real de Santo António.
The aim of WIFI4EU is to install hotspots in public spaces so that everyone can freely access the internet. To this end, it has earmarked € 120 million to fund the provision of free internet access to Europeans, and the creation of a platform for managing user identity across networks.
Parks, squares, hospitals, health centers, public buildings, museums and libraries, as well as train and bus stations, will thus allow free access to residents and non-residents, with a simple, non-advertising and secure authentication process. of personal data.
The European program had as rapporteur the Portuguese MEP Carlos Zorrinho and set aside 120 million euros to finance the provision of free internet access to Europeans, and the creation of a platform that manages the identity of users across networks.