digital economy, internetization

This initiative, labelled shortly as WiFi4EU, proposes an investment of €120 million to promote free access to wireless connectivity in public places where such connection does not already exist. It is foreseen that between 2018 and 2020 from 6000 to 8000 local communities would benefit from this programme, allowing between 40-50 million connections per day.

As a Shadow Rapporteur for this file, Pavel Telička contributed to the final agreement allowing the programme to be established. His perception of this initiative is that it should serve as a pilot project allowing municipalities and citizens to gain an experience with a free, state-of-the-art internet connection, which could be maintained after the end of this project. Telička emphasized a possible leverage effect of the project. It is likely that other municipalities not participating in the project could be inspired and provide the same services without an EU finding. The project has been approved and the Commission announced a first call. So far almost 22 thousand of municipalities applied for funding including more than 600 from the Czech Republic. 

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