The European Commission has launched a program to promote free Wi-Fi in public spaces. Public libraries are specifically referred as eligible.

The WiFi4EU program has been granted 120 million to support the installation of state-of-the-art Wi-Fi equipment and high-speed connections.

The first call for applications has just been launched. In this call, only municipalities or associations formed by municipalities can apply. Nevertheless, if you are a public library you can inform your municipality of this initiative so they can apply for the grant and bring the library a high-speed Wi-Fi connection with no cost for the library nor the municipality.

The first phase of the innitiative, the registration, opened last 20th March. In mid-May 2018, the second phase –application– starts. In this phase, the registered municipalities can apply for a first lot of 1,000 WiFi4EU vouchers (€15,000 each). The vouchers will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, although will ensure a geographic balance.

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