EU Internet usage rises, but gaps remain


BRUSSELS -- More than half of Europeans are now regular Internet users, and 80% of them have broadband, European Commission statistics revealed Friday.

The number of regular Internet users grew by 40 million in 2007, it said.

However, gaps remain between EU member states in terms of Internet use. Overall, about 40% of EU citizens do not use the Internet at all.

"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," EU Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding said.