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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-04293: Macdonald, Lewis (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what estimates it has made regarding whether (a) businesses and (b) residential premises in Scotland will lose out on the EU pledge to introduce free wifi into major EU cities by 2020.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 11 November 2016

The Scottish Government is working to avoid a situation where Scottish projects lose out on support from the WiFi4EU initiative. As the associated funding will be available from 2017, there is likely to be a window of opportunity for Scottish projects to benefit.

The EC initiative mirrors our Public Wireless Programme, which seeks to ensure publicly accessible buildings and spaces provide freely accessible wireless broadband. The Programme aims to ensure any wireless broadband solutions are sustainable and are designed to meet local needs.