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Public Internet Access

Today Lithuania has a network of more than 800 Public internet access points (PIAPs) that were created cooperating with the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Lithuania and other partners, using private business, state and EU Structural Funds money.

Stages of PIAPs' establishment

  • In 2002 Langas į ateitį established 75 Public internet access points (PIAPs) financed by alliance members and partners. Cooperating with local municipalities and local communities first PIAPs were founded in libraries, post offices, local government offices, and other places. Access points were equipped with two to five computerized workplaces with Internet access. That empowered local residents to use free Internet.
  • In the end of 2002 the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Lithuania joined Langas į ateitį alliance under the signed cooperation agreement which stated the contribution of both sides to the creation of the united Public internet access points establishment strategy in Lithuania. During 2003 Langas į ateitį and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Lithuania together additionally established 100 PIAPs, mainly in small and remote areas.
  • In 2005-2006 empowerment of rural population in terms of IT knowledge was accelerated by PHARE 2003 social-economic programme. The Ministry of Interior implemented the project and founded 300 new PIAPs in rural areas with low telecommunication infrastructure. All new PIAPs were equipped with up to five computers with Internet access. During this stage PIAPs were established at regularly visited places such as libraries, culture houses, district and community centers, schools and other places. Local inhabitants next to the computers and Internet were also provided with services of copying, printing, scanning and faxing.
  • In 2006-2008 Langas į ateitį participated in project "Development of Rural Internet Access Points Network". The project was implemented by the Ministry of Interior and funded by EU Structural Funds. During the project PIAPs' network was expanded further into remote rural areas, where 400 new PIAPs were established and 83 PIAPs renovated. New points were opened in areas, where due to insufficient commercial initiative or technical possibilities public Internet access was unavailable. At the same time all currently operating PIAPs were integrated into a common administration system.
  • As the wide PIAP network is already established, since 2008 Langas į ateitį together with partners association Rural Internet Access Points, S4ID and Kaunas University of Technology is further engaged in supporting PIAP network. The project is financed by the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Lithuania. The main objective of the activity is to maintain the PIAP network in rural areas of Lithuania by providing help and consultations to PIAP's administrators, organizing events, disseminating information about PIAP network in Lithuania, administrating common website www.vipt.lt.