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Hayes encourages Dublin Local Authorities to be first in line for EU free WIFI initiative

Fine Gael MEP, Brian Hayes has today (Wednesday) called on the four Dublin Local Authorities to apply for the new EU free WIFI initiative. The initiative known as “WIFI4EU” is expected to be launched in the first half of 2017 and will provide free high quality internet access in parks, public buildings, villages and towns.

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Under the WIFI4EU initiative parks such as Bushy Park could be equipped with high quality wifi

“Three months ago WIFI4EU was unveiled with the aim of providing free wifi access in all villages and towns in the EU by 2020. A lot of progress has been made since then with plans to put the initiative into practice in a number of towns and villages expected before summer 2017.”

“WIFI4EU will be funded directly by the EU’s Connecting Europe programme. A total of €120 million will be provided for the initial role out. It will allow Local Authorities such as Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council and Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council apply for funding to equip parks, public buildings and village squares with high quality wifi access.”

“Role out of the initiative will be on a first come first served basis. It is a great opportunity for the four local authorities in Dublin to provide a service to Dublin citizens. I strongly support the initiative and hope the Dublin authorities will apply to participate,” concluded MEP Hayes

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