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The coalition government has scrapped Labour's £300 million UK Home Access scheme, which promised to bring broadband to low-income families across the nation.

Originally called Broadband for All, the scheme has helped more than 200,000 low-income families with children in Years 3 to 9 at school to gain access to a computer with a free 12-month internet access subscription, ISPReview reports.

It was first announced in 2008 and finally got underway in January of this year, with some 132,000 application forms for the service being completed in its first month.

Now that Labour is out of power and the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are in, however, the scheme has been axed in order to reduce the government's financial deficit.

However, internet service providers are constantly in competition to offer customers good-quality broadband packages to suit most budgets.

BT, for example, is currently offering fast broadband and unlimited UK evening and weekend calls for just £6.99 per month for the first three months, then £13.99 a month after that.

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