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Broadband users are celebrating the difference the internet makes to their life with Get Online Week 2011.

The event, which kicks off today (February 28th) and lasts until March 5th, aims to get even more people across Europe online.

Throughout the week, public libraries, ICT companies, education institutions and other groups will host events and activities aimed at engaging people with the world wide web.

Last year's event encouraged around 70,000 people to start using broadband, and it is hoped even more people will get online this year.

In particular, senior surfers and women will be targeted and encouraged to use the web for online services such as banking and shopping, and finding jobs.

Neelie Kroes, European Union Commissioner for Digital Agenda, said: "We have to match that figure (68,000) every single week for the next five years to meet my target of halving the number of Europeans who have never been online."  

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