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The internet is set to play an even greater role in people's lives over the next 15 years, according to one broadband provider.

In a new report, Plusnet claimed the web will become ubiquitous, transforming the way people shop, eat and run their homes.

The service provider said the internet will control everything - from smart appliances that talk to each other to clothes that monitor our health, from cars that cannot crash to mobile technologies and cloud platforms that run our businesses.

Indeed, the advent of the internet is proving to be the most fundamentally life-changing event since the Industrial Revolution, it claimed.

But not every member of society will reap the benefits of the broadband revolution, Plusnet said, as 8.43 million UK adults are yet to use the internet.

And this needs to change if people are to reap the benefits of technological change.

Jamie Ford, Chief Executive at Plusnet, said that so far, the internet has been all about sharing, communicating and engaging with content online.

"The next 15 years will see an exciting transformation take place, where we integrate 'smart devices' into the home, and the net becomes much more about rich services," he added.

"Since our launch 15 years ago we've moved from dial-up services to wireless connection transmitted through fibre optics at super-fast speeds, yet our commitment to providing a reliable service at a competitive price remains the same."

Mr Ford said helping people to discover the internet is "key to the progress of technology".

"Just by giving an hour of your time to teach the basics of computing and the internet to a friend or family member could completely change their life," he added.

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