Italy launches ‘Piazza Wifi Italia’ hotspot project

The Piazza WiFi Italia project aims to create wifi areas in all 7917 Italian municipalities and to promote social inclusion, making sure that even the peripheral areas of large cities can benefit from a free connection

Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) has announced the launch of a project called ‘Piazza Wifi Italia’ designed to provide free Wi-Fi access to digital divide areas throughout the country, with a particular focus on localities with less than 2,000 inhabitants. In a statement, MISE said some EUR 45 million will be allocated to the rollout, with state-owned infrastructure agency Infratel assigned to manage the project.
To access the free wireless connection you will need to use a dedicated application, able to signal and connect when it is near a conventional hotspot.
From 26 February 2019, by registering on the platform, from the wifi.italia.it site , all Italian Municipalities can request the installation of wifi points.
Compared to the initial availability of 8 million euros, the new allocation of 45 million will allow bringing new free WiFi areas in all Italian municipalities, with priority for municipalities with a population of less than 2,000 inhabitants.

WiFi4EU, the project launched by the European Commission

Parallel to WiFi Italia Square, WiFi4EU is underway, a project launched by the European Commission at the end of 2018 which aims to create a single wifi network covering the whole of Europe. WiFi4EU has a financing of 120 million euros, to be used by 2020.
The 2800 municipalities, selected by the first tender of 42 million euros, have already received the 15 thousand euro voucher required for the installation of hotspots.
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