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Almost every UK primary school now has access to a broadband connection, it has been revealed.

A new study of the UK's primaries from the Telecommunications and Internet Federation (TIF) found that 98 per cent of schools have abandoned dial-up in favour of broadband connections.

The spread of the technology has been facilitated by the £13.5 million investment from telecommunications firms, broadband providers and the government under the Broadband to Schools programme.

Tony McCabe, director of the TIF, told the Associated Press: "That in turn will help attract the future high-level investment and skilled jobs to the country thus benefiting the wider community as well as delivering value to telecommunications and technology businesses."

News of the study's findings comes as Jim Knight of the Department for Children, Schools and Families last week announced plans to ensure every UK child has access to a broadband connection in their home.

BT, Microsoft and RM are in negotiations with the DCSF over how this aim might be attained, the Guardian reported.

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