The EU just promised free Wi-Fi and 5G for everyone... but we're leaving

Evan Bartlett@ev_bartlett
Friday 16 September 2016 09:30
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It is now thirteen weeks since the Brexit vote and still no government minister has any idea what the UK is going to do next.

Apart from the prime minister's vague promise that "Brexit means Brexit", little other progress appears to have been made.

Meanwhile, the 27 other EU countries are getting on with business.

At a meeting in Strasbourg this week, Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, promised to provide free Wi-Fi and 5G in public spaces for "every EU village and city" within the next few years.

As part of a pledge to "invest in young people", Juncker explained in his State of the Union address:

That is why today the Commission is proposing to fully deploy 5G, the fifth generation of mobile communication systems, across the European Union by 2025. This has the potential to create a further two million jobs in the EU.

Everyone benefiting from connectivity means that it should not matter where you live or how much you earn.

So we propose today to equip every European village and every city with free wireless internet access around the main centres of public life by 2020.

And all we've got so far is an unelected prime minister, a rise in hate crime and some slightly more powerful toasters (maybe). Thanks Brexit.

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