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Older people are becoming increasingly comfortable with the internet, meaning over-60s broadband use is on the rise, it has been claimed.

According to Nick Thompson, Director of Consumer Services at KC, 2011 saw the rise of older surfers taking to the waves.

He told that web users over the age of 60 are among the people most frequently online.

"Whilst the older generation remain hesitant to adopt new internet technologies and devices that are driving demand for superfast broadband, silver surfers' skills are becoming more sophisticated," Mr Thompson stated.

"The majority now use the internet for online banking and shopping, as well more data hungry programmes like Skype, which is adding to the demand for more bandwidth."

He said that as the UK becomes an increasingly aging population, it may see a further shift as older surfers continue to grow in number.

Mr Thompson suggested that the web is on the way to becoming mainstream for all people in the UK.

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