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IT distributor Micro-P has put in a tender to become involved in a government scheme designed to bring broadband and computer technology to disadvantaged households.

The company placed a bid to be a part of Home Access at the start of this month and will find out if its bid was successful at the end of September, Mobile Today reported.

Households that qualify for the programme will be given a grant of £520, which will enable them to buy a laptop computer and a year's broadband connection.

It is thought that the firm is hoping to be able to supply broadband as part of a partnership with 3.

According to Mobile Today, a source "close to Micro-P" said that many of the 220,000 available internet connections will be mobile broadband.

Initial trials of the £300 million Home Access scheme were carried out in Suffolk and Oldham between February and June. The programme is due to be rolled out nationally later this year.

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