Three-quarters of British households have internet access and 67% of adults use a computer every day, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
In 2012, 21 million households had an internet connection, which accounts for 80% of the total population. This is an increase of 3% on last year and 57% higher than when the first survey was carried out in 2006.
Almost all households (93%) with internet access use a fixed broadband connection, of which 30% use a cable or fibre optic connection.
There are 5.2 million households in Britain without internet access. Recent figures from the ONS revealed that 7.82 million adults in the UK - 16% of the total adult population – have never used the internet.
The research revealed that while DSL broadband was the dominant type of connection in all communities, in rural areas 78% connected to the internet using a DSL broadband connection and 12% use cable or fibre optic broadband. But in
urban areas, only 49% use DSL and 36% cable or fibre optic broadband.
“This suggests, unsurprisingly, that fibre optic technology is being rolled out to urban communities earlier than rural areas as it can reach more people for the initial investment,” said the report.