Flags in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on June 17, 2015
Free Wi-Fi for all: That was one of the proposals to come out of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's annual State of the European Union address on Wednesday.
The project, WIFI4EU Wi-Fi for you , aims to put free Wi-Fi hotspots open to all EU citizens in parks, squares, libraries and other public buildings.
The Commission will provide €120 million US$135 million through 2019 to subsidize the purchase and installation of Wi-Fi hotspots in 6,000 or more locations, but the provision of bandwidth and ongoing maintenance will be left to the local community.
The hotspots will be open to all EU citizens -- although given the budget, it's unlikely many of them will be able to get a signal without a long walk.
If your local park or library already offers a paid Wi-Fi service, then the EU subsidy isn't going to change anything Projects that compete with a similar, existing private or public Wi-Fi offering will not be funded, as WIFI4EU is intended to bring Internet access to previously unserved areas.