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Scottish cities to get free public wifi

Public buildings across Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Perth will be transformed into free wifi hotspots, it was announced today.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Community centres, libraries, museums and sporting complexes in Scotland’s capital, the Granite City and the Fair City will be among 1000 public buildings in cities across the UK to become wifi hotspots.

This rollout is part of the UK Government’s £150 million investment programme to transform the digital capability of UK cities and will make them even more attractive places to live, do business, visit and invest in.

Over the coming months, public buildings around the UK will begin to offer free wifi – some have already gone live, and the remainder are all on track to be up and running as soon as March 2015.

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said:

Whether you live in one of our major cities or in one of our most remote communities, the UK Government is working to ensure that Scotland is at the heart of the UK’s digital transformation.

Wifi is a prime example of cutting edge technology that has increasingly become an essential part of everyday life. Today’s announcement brings this transformation into the heart of Scottish cities and some of the country’s most recognisable locations.

This announcement together with our on-going work to bring superfast broadband to rural locations across the country represent substantial investment by the UK Government and is great news for Scottish businesses, families and communities.

Marischal College
Marischal College in Aberdeen is part of the wifi rollout.

The following buildings now have wifi installed and will be going live over the next few weeks:

City Building
Aberdeen Kaimhill Library
  Bridge of Don Library
  Kincorth Library
  Bucksburn Community Library
  Mastrick Library
  Cornhill Library
  Northfield Library
  Cove Library
  Tillydrone Library & Learning Centre
  Culter Library
  Torry Library
  Cults Library & Learning Centre
  Woodside Library
  Dyce Library
  Ferryhill Library
  Torry Learning Centre
  Aberdeen Maritime Museum
  Cornhill Learning Centre
  Seventeen
Edinburgh City Art Centre
  Festival Theatre
  The King’s Theatre
  Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  Scottish Poetry Library
  Out of the Blue Drill Hall
  Warrender Swim Centre - Edinburgh Leisure
  Cameron House Community Centre
  Carrickvale Community Centre
  Castleview Community Centre
  Clovenstone Community Centre
  Craigentinny Community Centre
  Gate 55
  Gilmerton Community Centre
  Inch Community Centre
  Jack Kane Community Centre
  Leith Community Centre
  Magdalene Community Centre
  Northfield Willowbrae
  Pentland Community Centre
  Rannoch Community Centre
  South Bridge Resource Centre
  Southside Community Centre
  St Brides Community Centre
  Tollcross Commmunity Centre
  Tynecastle Community Wing
  West Pilton Neighbourhood Centre
  Museum of Edinburgh
  Museum of Childhood
  Writers’ Museum
  Museums Collection Centre
  Lauriston Castle
  Old City Observatory and the Dome
  Trinity Apse
  Church Hill Theatre
  Usher Hall
  Castle Crags
  Clovenstone Care Home
  Craighall Day Care
  Ferrylee Care Home
  Fords Road Care Home
  Jewel Care Home
  Marionville Care Home
  Parkview Care Home
  Edinburgh Families Project
  Drylaw Young Peoples Centre
  Northfield Young Peoples Centre
  Moredun Young Peoples Centre
  Oxgangs Young Peoples Centre
  Hillview Disability Unit
  Royal Botanic Gardens
  Traverse Theatre
  Queens Hall
  EICA - Edinburgh Leisure
  Nelson Monument
  People’s Story Museum
  The Lyceum
  National Museum Scotland
  Edinburgh Zoo
  Our Dynamic Earth
  Royal Commonwealth Pool - Edinburgh Leisure
  Meadowbank - Edinburgh Leisure
  Craiglockhart - Edinburgh Leisure
  Gracemount - Edinburgh Leisure
  Drumbrae - Edinburgh Leisure
  Leith Victoria - Edinburgh Leisure
  Glenogle - Edinburgh Leisure
  Dalry - Edinburgh Leisure
  Jake Kane - Edinburgh Leisure
  Kirkliston - Edinburgh Leisure
  Portobello Swim Centre - Edinburgh Leisure
Perth 2 High Street
  Pullar House
  3-5 High Street
  AK Bell Library
  Perth Museum and Art Gallery
  Bells Sport Centre
  Rodney Leisure Centre
  Leisure Pool
  Dewards Conference Centre and Ice Rink
Edinburgh's National Gallery of Modern Art
Edinburgh's National Gallery of Modern Art is included in the wifi rollout.
Published 30 October 2014
Last updated 26 March 2015 + show all updates
  1. List of buildings amended
  2. First published.