Skip to main content
Jump to navigation

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."

Join the conversation

comments powered by Disqus

Stay up to date

  • Google+ Follow uSwitchTech
  • Subscribe to our RSS feed

Latest Comments

  • Paulstubb 1 week ago Britons' refusal to change... I left TalkTalk and paid extra elsewhere because their customer service is nonexistent. Absolutely awful.
  • Fennyuk 1 week ago TalkTalk offer discounts on... Using the television service as a loss leader! I'd rather have a reliable internet service and choose my...
  • Fennyuk 1 week ago Britons' refusal to change... Talktalk's "no price hikes" only applies to line rental and not the add-on services. I was on an 18 month...

Search news