Date lodged: 9 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of its Public Wireless Programme investment by local authority area.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 29 November 2016
The Scottish Government launched its Public Wireless Programme in August 2015 with a remit to engage and collaborate with Scottish public bodies to develop best practice guidance on deploying wireless connectivity as well as making investment available for new infrastructure in the form of grants.
During 2015-16, just under £1 million in grants were committed. This enabled local authorities across Scotland to modernise and extend existing Wi-Fi provision in public places like libraries but also to introduce services in other publicly accessible buildings such as sports facilities and community centres. Applicants were asked to demonstrate how proposals would underpin digital participation initiatives. All 32 local authorities were invited to bid.
The following table summarises the successful applications.
GRANT AWARDED (£)
City of Edinburgh
Dumfries and Galloway
Perth & Kinross