May 30, 2017

European Union will fund public wifi

Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP

The European Union is moving towards getting free public wifi into unconnected locations around the bloc. A new agreement will provide 120 million euros to "fund equipment for public free Wi-Fi services in 6,000 to 8,000 municipalities" across the E.U. Reuters reports that a further agreement around funding will be necessary for the project.

Key context: Connectivity is a global issue. Bringing internet access to parts of the country that don't already have it — particularly rural and low-income areas — is of interest to both parties in the United States. New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has said it's a priority of his, as well.

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