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    First of all, great idea!

    An easily recognisable, multilingual WiFi4EU portal will provide users with a free, secure high-speed internet connection.

    Captive portal? Great… the portal doesn’t provide access, it blocks it (at first) requiring you to jump through hoops… Would be much simpler not to have any obstacles when connecting, no need for multi language anything.

    To ensure that the financial assistance does not distort competition or deter private investment, only projects which do not duplicate existing private or public internet connections are eligible.

    I’m not entirely sure what this means…

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      Captive portal? Great… the portal doesn’t provide access, it blocks it (at first) requiring you to jump through hoops… Would be much simpler not to have any obstacles when connecting, no need for multi language anything.

      Not sure that they mean captive portal, I read it as “portal” being a word used for describing a single node in the system (or multiple, but at a fixed geographic location). Not captive portal but in the sense that the access point is a portal to the internet.

      And yes, great idea. Last year I came home from a 6 month trip around Colombia and Costa Rica, and I was impressed by the amount of free public wifi spots in public places (usually around a plaza de armas) in Colombia.

      It smelled a bit of a lack of funding and lack of maintenance but not any more than I’d expect from a similar setup in a fairly harsh climate (warm, humid, sunny and dusty) and from large scale projects like that. Not much recognition (for a politician) is gained from keeping infrastructure alive unfortunately.