The internet is not universal:
Some 80 per cent of European Union web surfers now have fast-speed broadband connections, but nearly 40 percent of all EU citizens still do not use the internet at all, an EU study published Friday found.
According to the European Commission’s latest Information and Communication Technologies Progress Report, the use of the internet is spreading rapidly across the continent, with some 250 million EU citizens – or more than half the total population – now regularly exploring the world wide web.
Of these, nearly 80 percent have broadband connections, up from just under 50 percent in 2005.
But almost 40 percent of European citizens still do not send emails or know how to google.
The percentage of internet illiterates ranges from 69 per ent in Romania to 13 percent in Denmark and The Netherlands.