imageThere are still 8.1 million adults in the UK who have never used the internet and, along with a lack of interest, the cost of getting a computer and internet access is a barrier for millions of people. Research has found that nearly half of the people do not use the internet are on low incomes.This could be having a profound affect on the students in your school and their ability to access and engage with their learning online.

Get Online @ Home the initiative led by Microsoft looks to provide affordable reconditioned PCs and laptops to people who may not have been online before, is now offering a reconditioned Windows 7 PC for just £99 [£49 to those on benefits] or a reconditioned Window 7 laptop for £149 [£119 to those on benefits], when taken with TalkTalk Essentials Broadband and Phone at an exclusive price of just £5 a month.

The scheme is backed by UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox’s new organisation Go ON UK which aims to bring the benefits of the internet to every individual and every organisation in every community across the UK. 

All Get Online @ Home PCs come ready to go ‘out of the box’ with Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft software for documents, emails, messaging and pictures, in addition to Microsoft’s free security software. Users will also benefit from TalkTalk’s free award winning HomeSafe™ security service, which is built into the broadband network itself.

This deal is only available by calling the specially trained Get Online @ Home team on 0800 090 1297 to have any questions answered and make it as easy as possible to get started.

UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox said:

“Of the 8.1 million people in Britain who have never been online there are 5.5 million adults over the age of 50. We know that the cost of buying and connecting a PC is a significant barrier and so being able to offer a PC with a year’s broadband for under £160 will be a lifeline for many. With more support like that of the Get Online @ Home team, we will build the digital skills of individuals and communities across the UK.”

Since its launch in March 2011, over 4,500 Get Online @ Home ‘Plug & Play’ PCs have been supplied to people across the UK with 90% of these going to low income families on benefits. Within this group, 24% have gone to single parents in the 18-30 age bracket with 15% for single pensioners over the age of 65. This programme is now genuinely achieving its aim of reaching those who need the extra support most.

Dido Harding, Non-executive DirectorDido Harding, CEO of TalkTalk, said:

“The internet connects and entertains, educates and informs – it even saves money. Yet we know that for some people the upfront cost of getting online can be a barrier. We believe that every family has the right to access safe and affordable broadband and, as the UK’s leading value for money provider, this belief is at the very heart of our business. By teaming up with Microsoft to offer a best value computer and broadband package we hope that more people will be motivated to take their first steps online.”

For more information, please go to www.getonlineathome.org or call 0800 090 1297.