Posted on May 31, 2017 by Caleb Chen

EU agrees to deploy 6000 to 8000 free public wifi hotspots in local communities

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A new project by the European Union (EU) will deploy 6000 to 8000 new public wifi hotspots in local communities around the EU. The project, called the WIFI4EU initiative, is headed by 3 major EU institutions. The 3 institutions are the European Council, the European Commission, and the European Parliament. Commission President Jean-Claud Juncker explained that the goal was to realize the vision of “every European village and every city with free wireless internet ac­cess around the main centres of public life by 2020.” This means free, public, internet access in public squares, piazzas, hospitals, and other public areas. This also means increased online privacy and security concerns for the internet users at these locations.

Individual towns in the EU will be able to apply to receive a chunk of the funds and build out their public wifi infrastructure. The EU promises that this process will be simple and “non-bureaucratic.” The proposed plan, which has received preliminary support, will see these public wifi hotspots installed by the end of the current budgetary period in 2020.

Online connectivity in the EU continues to grow along

The EU is doing all it can to increase connectivity throughout its jurisdiction. Coming later in June, data roaming charges will be dropped around the EU. Additionally, there are even plans to make sure that the EU is able to end geographical restrictions surrounding media licensing between the borders of EU member states.

Andrus Ansip, Commission VP in charge at the Digital Single Market, said that the deal was just the beginning, but emphasized that more needed to be done before the goal of full connectivity is reached:

“The Digital Single Market strategy aims to build a fully connected Europe where everyone has access to high-quality digital networks. The WiFi4EU initiative will improve connectivity in particular where access to the internet is limited. WiFi4EU is a welcome first step, but much more needs to be done to achieve high-speed connectivity across the whole EU territory – such as improving Europe-wide coordination of spectrum and stimulating investments in the high-capacity networks that Europe needs.”

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About Caleb Chen

Caleb Chen is a digital currency and privacy advocate who believes we must #KeepOurNetFree, preferably through decentralization. Caleb holds a Master's in Digital Currency from the University of Nicosia as well as a Bachelor's from the University of Virginia. He feels that the world is moving towards a better tomorrow, bit by bit by Bitcoin.

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  1. Anime TeeShirts

    I’m all for safe technology, but, when you correlate Wifi, EMFs, RFs chems in food, water and the air, along with GMOs with a rise in so many diseases that we shouldn’t have in abundance, it does make one wonder. I know we are bio-chemical-electro beings and we are affected by energies. Are the energies we surround ourselves good for our physical body or not? There are several tests out there that have some interesting data.

    Connection is great, but, we should not be living our lives via our phones or some alt reality via a touch screen when we have so many other things to see. Why can’t one have a cup of coffee without browsing FB? It’s not that hard… really.

    1 year ago
    1. Caleb Chen

      Some consider FB to be even more addictive than coffee!

      1 year ago
      1. Anime TeeShirts

        Physical addictions are easiest to break; then, Mental addictions. If you have both, you’re pretty much in trouble for sure. Many can’t put their phones down, fortunately, my kids and I can.. my wife… well, she has issues with that, but, she also uses it for business.

        1 year ago