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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11452: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the announcement in its Programme for Government, how much the pledge to deliver free Wi-Fi throughout major towns and cities will cost, and what preparations it has undertaken to ensure that the infrastructure required to deliver the pledge is in place.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 28 September 2017

We are currently developing plans to deliver the Wi-Fi commitment outlined in the Programme for Government. It is our intention to commit up to £1M to resource this initiative and we will draw from learning gained through our Public Wireless Programme (PWP). This initiative provided grant-funding to local authorities to enable Wi-Fi in public buildings during 2015-16. As a direct result of PWP, 99% of public libraries in Scotland now offer free Wi-Fi.