Open WiFi has been installed in Tydavnet Village Community Centre today, 18th November, a result of a €120m European initiative called WiFi4EU which aims to develop more digital communities and improve digital access across the European Commission area. Under the scheme, the Department of Rural and Community Development will match the funding provided by the European Commission, potentially doubling the value of the investment in public Wi-Fi networks. Tydavnet Community Centre is one of the locations selected for the hotspot by Monaghan County Council, and the WiFi4EU service will be free of charge, free of advertising, and free from commercial reuse of data. As a result the Community Centre can cease their existing phone contract, offering immediate savings of up to €60 per month. Successful applicants were chosen based on the existing levels of activity within the nominated facility and the quality of their proposal about how the group can use Wifi4EU to develop enhanced levels of digital skills within the community. It’s great news for Tydavnet!