Wick­low County Coun­cil gets fund­ing for WiFi in Bray and Grey­stones dis­tricts

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FUND­ING granted un­der the EU’s WiFi4EU ini­tia­tive will help to pro­vide free pub­lic WiFi in the Bray and Grey­stones Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­tricts.

Un­der the scheme’s sec­ond al­lo­ca­tion, Ire­land se­cured 22 vouch­ers worth a to­tal of €330,000 to in­stall free pub­lic WiFi hotspots across the coun­try. One of those vouch­ers, worth €15,000, has been granted to Wick­low County Coun­cil for use in the Bray and Grey­stones dis­tricts.

This brings to €60,000 the to­tal amount the Gar­den County has been awarded un­der the scheme, with three pre­vi­ous vouch­ers given for the Arklow, Wick­low and Balt­in­glass Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­tricts.

The se­lec­tion process for the lat­est voucher is on­go­ing with in­ter­ested lo­cal com­mu­nity groups while a Pub­lic WiFi Plan for the county is be­ing worked on by Wick­low County Coun­cil with ad­vice from spe­cial­ist providers and com­mu­nity groups.

Un­der the WiFi4EU ini­tia­tive, each Lo­cal Au­thor­ity in Ire­land can ap­ply for a max­i­mum of four vouch­ers, each worth €15,000, over the life­time of the scheme. The over­all bud­get for the WiFi4EU scheme is €120 mil­lion be­tween 2018 and 2020. €42 mil­lion was al­lo­cated to the first call and €51m to the sec­ond call.

Wick­low County Coun­cil is one of 17 Lo­cal Author­i­ties in Ire­land that has now se­cured all of the four vouch­ers avail­able to it.

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