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The government has revealed further details relating to its scheme to help disadvantaged families access broadband.

Schools minister Jim Knight has announced that pilots will take place in Oldham and Suffolk from February 2009.

Under the initiative, families will be given a grant to pay for a broadband connection and computer.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Oldham Council will have 8,000 computers to give away, covering a fifth of primary and secondary school children in the area.

The announcement follows a pledge by Gordon Brown at the Labour Party conference to promote broadband as a learning aid.

He told delegates in September: "To ensure we are prepared for the times to come, the government will fund one million more households to get online, enabling parents to link with teachers and their children's schools to help young people with homework and coursework."

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