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Families in the UK who do not enjoy a home broadband connection are at a significant disadvantage, according to the prime minister.

Writing in the Times, Gordon Brown has drawn attention to the 42 per cent of British households that are not connected to the internet via broadband.

Mr Brown suggested that it was not just youngsters who would benefit from broadband services, but also adults searching for jobs.

He commented: "OECD tests show that students with one computer at home perform significantly better than those without.

"More than 90 per cent of jobs now require ICT skills. And families able to e-retail could save nearly £300 per year."

Figures from Ofcom following the first quarter of 2008 showed that the number of broadband connections in the UK is up to 16.2 million.

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