Public Libraries: WiFi

Department for Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 14th January 2015.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the recommendations of the Independent Library Report for England, published in December 2014, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing WiFi in all public libraries.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Culture Media and Sport)

The cost of providing WiFi in public libraries varies depending on a range of factors including the installation of WiFi only, the number of libraries that require access and the type of equipment needed, as well as the possibility of other organisations contributing resources. We are currently investigating all funding options. We are providing free WiFi in over 1000 public buildings in cities across the UK, including certain libraries as part of the £150m Super Connected Cities

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