EU regulators approve Prague municipal WiFi network

30-05-2007

EU regulators have approved a project by Prague authorities for a free municipal wireless Internet service, but only after the scheme was modified to allow access only to public-sector websites. The European Commission launched a probe after receiving competition complaints from private operators about the project, which aims to cover a third of Prague with a WiFi local area Internet network. Municipal authorities revised their plans after the Commission ruled that the original project "could have crowded out investment from private operators by providing unrestricted free or subsidised Internet access to the public". The project will have a budget of 12 million euros over five years.