|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union, European Parliament|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 286, Pages 1-8|
Regulation (EU) 2017/1953 - adopted by the European Union on 25 October 2015 - which sets up a funding scheme aimed at promoting internet connectivity in local communities (also known as Wifi4EU initiative).
The initiative set up by this Regulation promotes free access to Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens in public spaces of municipalities throughout the European Union (EU). It provides them with the opportunity to apply for vouchers to the value of €15,000, to be used to install the necessary equipment in public spaces within the municipality that are not already equipped with a free Wi-Fi hotspot.
The Regulation amends the legal framework for telecommunications in the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), contained in Regulation (EU) No 1316/2013 and Regulation (EU) No 283/2014. These amendments encourage entities with a public mission such as public authorities and providers of public services to offer free local wireless connectivity in the centres of local public life. This is a Text with EEA relevance.
The proposal was first adopted by the European Commission on 14 September 2016, as part of a package of measures aimed at overhauling the European Union's telecoms rules. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach on the proposed Regulation in December 2016. The European Parliament's relevant committee approved a negotiating position in April 2017 and mandated its rapporteur to start trilogue negotiations. An informal agreement between the co-legislators was reached on 29 May. This was formally endorsed by the Parliament on 12 September, followed by the Council on 9 October. The act was signed on 25 October and it was published in the Official Journal on 1 November 2017.
|Subject Categories||Internal Markets|
|Subject Tags||Digital Single Market [DSM], Telecommunications|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|