Councillors agree plan to provide free Wi-Fi

Tuesday 06 March 2012 10.25
The report recommends that eight to ten parks and open spaces be used
The report recommends that eight to ten parks and open spaces be used

Dublin City Council has agreed a plan to provide free Wi-Fi in up to ten outdoor locations around the capital.

This follows a proposal by Labour Councillor Oisin Quinn for the service to be financed by pop-up advertising.

A previous plan by the council to provide free Wi-Fi itself was found to be in breach of European Union rules on State aid.

However, a report from council officials has stated that the service could be provided by a commercial company operating under a "concession" from the council.

The report recommended that eight to ten parks and open spaces be used.

The tender for concession would include free access for a minimum period with minimum access speed.

It would be open to everyone but aimed particularly at tourists and also be available at events such as the Tall Ships Event.

The plan, which was unanimously agreed by councillors, could be in operation this summer.