Quarter of a billion Europeans use net regularlyOver a quarter of a billion people in Europe surf the internet regularly.
Of the regular users, about 80 per cent access the world wide web using a broadband connection, such as those which consumers can buy with Virgin Media and others through skinttariffs.com.
The figures come courtesy of the European Commission's report, which reveals that about 60 per cent of public services can be accessed on the web.
Throughout Europe, there are now over 100 million broadband internet connections. Some 40 million new regular users made the most of access to broadband services during 2007.
Viviane Reding, EU commissioner for information society and media suggested that the EU's strategy for digital growth, i2010, had contributed to the rise.
She added: "Some parts of the EU are still lagging behind and are not fully connected. All EU countries must therefore work harder to close the gaps, to enhance cross-border communication services as well as services that also reach rural and remote regions."
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