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Broadband coverage is continuing to increase across the European Union, as more people sign up for web services, it has been reported.

The European Commission has pledged to deliver basic broadband to all EU citizens across 27 member states by 2013 and is continuing to make progress towards this target.

Some 65 per cent of the population are now making regular use of the internet, up from 60 per cent in 2010 as digital participation continues to rise.

The European Commission hopes to see this figure increase to 75 per cent by 2015, however various challenges will need to be overcome if this target is to be met.

As well as improving broadband coverage across the continent, a degree of social change may be required in certain areas.

Two out of five homes across the EU do not have a broadband connection, and in some cases, this will be through choice.

Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission's Digital Agenda, said that one year on from the launch of the initiative, progress is being made.

However, member states, industry, civil society and the Commission need to do more if we want to maximise the agenda's potential for retaining Europe's competitiveness, stimulating innovation, and creating jobs and prosperity," she stated.

"I call on everybody to consider the massive long-term benefit of acting decisively now, especially in high-speed broadband."

By 2020, the Commission is aiming for all EU citizens to have access to 30Mb broadband speeds, far in excess of those currently available in many regions.

Another target is for 50 per cent of the population to be utilising super-fast, 50Mb broadband speeds by the end of the decade.

At present, the UK has 32 fixed broadband lines per 100 people, compared to the EU average of 27.

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