|Vitrociset collaborates with the Venice Municipality to offer free Internet service|
8 July 2009
Last Friday, 3 July, in a hot summer day in Venice, the mayor Massimo Cacciari and his deputy Michele Vianello met journalists, technical partners and sponsors on a vessel sailing in the Canal Grande during the kick-off meeting of “Cittadinanza Digitale” (the “digital citizenry” initiative).
The idea of the Venetian local administration was to provide connectivity to Venetian residents, the millions of tourists visiting the lagoon city every year and workers, for them to access the services to be made available in the next few years and months by hundreds of hot spots located in the most strategic sites and squares of the city, and by an additional capacity consisting in hundreds of kilometres of fibre lines. Hot spots will be simply accessible by entering a password.
After the customary welcome and thanksgiving address to participants, in which a few words were also spent in praise of Vitrociset, Mr. Cacciari and Mr. Vianello declared that digitalising the city was a great challenge and a demanding commitment.
More specifically, the Mayor emphasised that the idea of Cittadinanza Digitale proposed by Mr. Vianello, in which he had believed since the beginning, would only prove to be a success and produce the expected effects if such modernisation process was fully followed up equally by the other stakeholders of the community, each within their scope of activity and possibilities.
All this, continued Mr. D’Onghia in his message, was made possible through the recent extension of our core business with the acquisition of Eda on 26 June”.
By the end of the year, the ambitious project of the deputy mayor Vianello is to provide internet coverage to the full city of Venice and Mestre (the mainland Venice district).