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All UK children could have access to broadband internet under new government proposals.

The scheme is intended to improve educational standards - and reduce the gap between high-achieving pupils from large-income households and their less well-off peers and acknowledges the importance of the internet as a vital learning and research resource.

The plans were revealed by Jim Knight of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) in an interview with the Guardian, who said he planned to make access to a broadband connection as ubiquitous as school uniforms.

This could be attained by making broadband connections, which currently "just advantage those who can afford it", more attainable to parents, he said.

Representatives from BT, Microsoft and RM are currently in talks with the DCSF to negotiate how this might be achieved, the spokesperson added.

According to the Guardian's report, one million UK schoolchildren out of a total of six million are currently without a computer at home.

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