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Virgin Media has provided a high-speed fibre-optic broadband connection to a housing association in London.

Elderly residents at Peabody's Alleyn House in Islington have been supplied with the next-generation service, along with two computers, a printer and computer training for free as part of the internet service provider's 'Power to all People' initiative, being run in conjunction with IT training organisation Digital Unite.

The scheme is encouraging older people to get in touch with the new world through surfing the web.

"Many see the internet as a whole new world and eagerly anticipate communicating with family and shopping online," chairperson of Peabody's Alleyn House Tenants Society, Dermot Ryan, told 24dash.

He added: "The new equipment will surely provide residents with a new interest."

The Power to all People campaign is also working with young people and children, introducing media technology as a means of learning.

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