The Smart City Office works for the progressive incorporation of new high-speed internet access points in all the neighborhoods of Valencia thanks to the WiFi4EU program of the European Union.
Existing public Wi-Fi networks may join the WiFi4EU initiative as long as they meet the conditions and technical requirements indicated in the agreement, such as, for example, free access, no discriminatory conditions and respect for the brand requirements. València has thus chosen this strategy and aims to increase tenfold the access speed that has been offered so far and to start planning future extensions.
Valencia is the first large city to join this public, free and high-speed internet European network. It’s now available at over 600 hotspots distributed in different public spaces throughout the city, such as squares, gardens, beaches and municipal buildings. A 100 times faster than the previous one, it will continue to spread through the neighbourhoods to tackle the digital divide and ensure the right to the internet.
With digitization strategies such as this, the Smart City Office aims to guarantee the citizens’ right to internet access, no matter the neighbourhood, thus wading into the digital divide and digital inequality.
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The aim of the WiFi4EU initiative promoted by the European Commission is to provide residents and visitors with high-quality internet access throughout the EU through free Wi-Fi hotspots located in public spaces. The vouchers financed by the European Commission through this initiative, of which Valencia is a beneficiary, are to be used to install Wi-Fi equipment in public spaces within the municipality that are not already equipped with a free Wi-Fi hotspot.