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Internet service provider BT has revealed its support for new initiatives that will see young people encourage older generations to get online.

Following on from its Internet Rangers programme in the UK, the company is donating $200,000 (£129,479) to non-profit organisation One Economy Corporation to fund the development of a similar platform in the US.

Set to be donated over a two-year period, it is hoped the donation will help both low-income homeowners and older people to develop the skills they need to improve their knowledge of the web.

Michael Boustridge, President of BT Global Services Multi-National Corporations, said the move would expand the firm's social and economic sustainability in the US.

He added: "We believe One Economy, an established and well-respected organisation with a commitment to helping break down the barriers to broadband adoption, is exactly the right partner for us."

BT recently named Southampton's Jenny Pidgley as the overall UK winner of its Internet Range of the Year scheme.

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