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Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council has been praised for its efforts to provide broadband access to all residents in the area.

The government's Digital Inclusion champion Martha Lane Fox visited the area to highlight a range of initiatives created to ensure people in the region have access to online information, reports 24dash.com.

Among the schemes is Totally Online Barnsley, which is part of a South Yorkshire-wide service to promote the benefits of IT and computing.

Discussing the efforts, Ms Lane Fox told the website: "Barnsley really is embracing the digital inclusion agenda with the launch of these initiatives."

She added that the town is "a fantastic example of how communities can benefit from being online".

Helen Milner, Managing Director of advice body UK Online Centres, recently claimed that broadband access allows consumers to make informed choices on a range of issues, such as financial services and shopping.

She added that those without access are at a disadvantage.

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