Government earmarks £300m for laptops and broadband for poor households
The government is to spend £300m on laptops and broadband connections for poor households in England in an effort to bridge the digital divide.
Prime minister Gordon Brown told the Labour Party conference this would bring the internet to a million more families.
"We will fund over a million extra families to get online, on the way to our ambition of Britain leading the world with more of our people than any other major economy able to access the internet and broadband," he said.
The programme will work through local authorities with a pilot starting in November 2008 and a full roll-out a year from now. Families on income support or unemployment benefits will be able to apply for a "Home Access" grant to buy a package from accredited suppliers. The programme aims for universal home access by 2011.
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