Free Wi-Fi service to be offered in localities across Gozo and Malta
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The Government has announced that a free of charge Wi-Fi service, free of charge, will soon be available in various localities across Gozo and Malta.
27 localities from Gozo and Malta have submitted their application and each locality will be awarded the sum of €15,000 from the European Union. The Government said that in terms of internet speed, this service must offer a minimum of 30Mbps.
This project is a European Union initiative called Wi-Fi4EU, and Malta will participate through the Directorate for Local Government.
Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici stated a news conference to announce the initiative said that, “our strategy for local government focuses on improving the quality of life of our citizens.”
“More than €400,000 is being invested in our localities, and this initiative is yet another great example through which we are ensuring more efficiency and better services to the members of our community” he added.
Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis said that apart from the sum of €15,000, the local councils will also be provided with further financial assistance.
He added that that the “government believes in the local councils’ autonomy” and this is why they were given the liberty to indicate where this Wi-Fi service is best installed in the localities.
The Parliamentary Secretary called on those local councils who still haven’t applied for this initiative to submit their application.
With regards to technological improvement in the localities, Parnis also said that by means of the local government reform an mservice to draw citizens closer to the local councils will also be launched.