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The government has pledged to make free laptops and broadband access available to over 270,000 low-income families in the UK.

Some £300 million in funding is to be freed up for the project to support families unable to afford access to the web.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he wanted every household in the country to have broadband access to the internet, something which he sees as crucial to their educational attainment.

Mr Brown stated: "We want every family to become a broadband family, and we want every home linked to a school. For those finding it difficult to afford this... I can announce the nationwide rollout of our home access programme to get laptops and broadband at home for 270,000 families.

"It will mean all families can come together, learn together and reap rewards together."

Last week, the government announced the launch of a £1 billion broadband fund, designed to provide internet access to businesses and consumers in remote rural areas.

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