First free WiFi zone in Europe

25/09/2007 Written by Jakub Maslowski

antennaThe city of Szk­larska Poreba, in Poland, has become the first “FREE HotSpot Zone” in Europe. This have been achieved thanks to coop­er­a­tion of present FREE active HotSpots united into one huge sin­gle net­work. The free access to Inter­net with­out per-​hour rates is now offered in more than 50 hotels, restau­rants, bar’s and other places in the cen­ter city and the periph­ery, free​-hotspot​.com informed.

The devel­op­ment of the “FREE HotSpot Zones” could be obtained thanks to the col­lab­o­ra­tion between the gov­ern­ment of the city, cen­ter for the win­ter sports and free​-hotspot​.com, soci­ety spe­cial­ized in cre­at­ing free hot spot’s, or we should call it free Wifi Zone’s!

We were try­ing to find a way to make free Wi-​Fi avi­l­able for our cit­i­zens and tourists so that also our local activ­i­ties could draw some ben­e­fit — Arka­diusz Wich­niak has said, the mayor of Szk­larska Poreba — we wanted this to be done with­out expos­ing city to heavy costs, so part­ner­ship with Free​-hotspot​.com was best solu­tion we could think of. Crew of Free​-hotspot​.com was able to work with the own­ers of our local enter­prises sup­ply­ing the free logon and no cost access in whole Szk­larska Poreba in the respect of these two criterias.”

“The free​-hotspot​.com ser­vice pro­motes Szk­larska Poreba as very com­fort­able and pleas­ant des­ti­na­tion,” says Grzinna Bie­der­man, who’s in charge of the Office Mar­ket­ing and Pro­mo­tion of the city. “That fea­ture will make peo­ple feel more com­fort­able within our city, they can send mail’s, talk with the friends, or sim­ply stay in con­tact with the office, of course all of men­tioned is now free of any charge”. We are con­vinced that our FREE HotSpot Zones will not only increase our nor­mal tourist traf­fic, but will also help to attract tourists towards the many fes­ti­val and events that we hold/​organize(?) in our city dur­ing the year.”

Joe Brunoli, Vice-​president of the devel­op­ment mar­ket of free​-hotspot​.com, has sum­ma­rize advan­tages of “FREE HotSpot Zones” pro­gram : “Com­mon places in Europe are try­ing to adopt such solu­tions in order to pro­vide free inter­net access to their com­mu­ni­ties.” “Szk­larska Poreba rep­re­sents a first work­ing exam­ple of this type: a com­bined effort from gov­ern­ment and Wifi com­mu­nity to sup­ply a free con­nec­tion to the peo­ple with­out any costs for the city, but mean­ing­fully increas­ing the entrances of the community.”

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