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Proposals to get ten million adults online by the end of 2012 are "hugely challenging but realistic", according to an expert.

Graham Walker, Head of Policy at Race Online 2012, has stated that the scheme's aims could be achieved, as 30 million people use the internet daily and are on hand to help those who are yet to discover the benefits.

He added that the scheme has the support of a number of partners, including broadband providers like BT and other firms such as Comet and McDonald's.

Outlining the benefits of broadband access, Mr Walker suggested that a huge number of services are now moving online.

"It is important for all working-age adults to be online as 90 per cent of all new jobs require basic internet skills and seven million vacancies were advertised online last year," he explained.

Recent figures from the UK Online Measurement Company revealed that the UK internet audience stood at 38.8 million in May 2010.

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