Venezia, city of Art and History accepts the modern multimedia challenges in order to broadcast its beauties and fascination. As of July 3rd, Venice has launched its project Cittadinanza Digitale (Digital Citizenship), an extraordinary undertaking which will grant public free Wi-Fi access for residents, workers and students, powered by optic fibre access points (band 20Mbit/s) and broadcasting all over the Serenissima lagoon.
Mr. Cacciari, – the mayor – states his pride with this unique public wireless network:
“I consider it a necessary infrastructure as much as roads. A very important change for the city: since this Friday people can interact online with the Town Council and other local authorities, but also with the rest of the world, and for free”.
The grand opening has included several interesting initiatives, such as a boat leaving from Piazzale Roma (the outpost of Venice mainland) towards the Lido (the heart of the lagoon), filled with laptop/camera fully equipped bloggers creating on the spot their own multimedia content and posting it online in real time on their weblogs and websites while still sailing.
The service is absolutely free for all Venetian residents, workers and students (even minors provided the written permission of their parents) who will simply have to apply online for a username and a password, showing their citizenship credentials. As to tourists, lovers of art and history, they will have to wait next Autumn: they will be enjoying the Wi-Fi service by getting a temporary access to the network at http://www.veniceconnected.com/ only for a nominal fee.