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Broadband provider TalkTalk has entered into the spirit of Get Online Week 2010, by launching this year's Digital Heroes Awards.

The internet service provider is currently inviting consumers to vote for those individuals who have used broadband technology for the benefit of their community.

TalkTalk has shortlisted 36 finalists – three from every region in the UK – and is now asking the British public to decide which individuals are most worthy of further recognition.

"There are some fantastic and hugely deserving individuals on the list who are using the power of the internet to tackle social problems and improve people's lives at a very local level," commented Dido Harding, TalkTalk's Chief Executive.

"This is the 4th year of our awards and every year we're consistently amazed by the inspirational people working selflessly, often as volunteers, to run digital projects for the wider social good."

Charles Dunstone, Chairman of TalkTalk, will link up with Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox and Daily Mirror Editor Richard Wallace to choose an overall winner, who receives £10,000 to go towards their broadband project.

The remaining 11 finalists will earn £5,000 funding to support their own community initiative.

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