Free web-access scheme rolled out across England

Summary:A £300m government scheme has been launched to provide free computers, software and broadband for low-income families in England

The rollout of a £300m government scheme to provide free computers, software and broadband for 270,000 low-income families in England kicked off on Monday.

The launch follows pilots of the scheme in Oldham and Suffolk in 2009, which awarded more than 12,000 grants to eligible families.

The Home Access programme was first announced back in 2008. As well as a free PC and broadband access, the computers will come pre-loaded with a suite of literacy and numeracy software which the government says is intended for both children and parents.

For more on this story, see Gordon Brown's free PC giveaway for school kids is go on silicon.com.

Topics: Government : UK, Broadband, Networking

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