Italian government proposes free Wi-Fi rollout

27 Oct 2014

The Italian government has unveiled plans to spend around EUR5 million (USD6.3 million) over the next three years to push the deployment of free Wi-Fi hotspots in thousands of public spaces and on public transport to help boost the country’s broadband internet usage. Sergio Boccadutri, a member of the ruling Democratic Party, put forward the proposal, stating: ‘Free Wi-Fi would have a big cultural impact and help the economy recover, starting from industries such as tourism.’ The proposals have the support of more than 100 members of parliament, Reuters reports.