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BT is aiming to get more people online in the capital through its Community Connections broadband initiative.

The broadband provider is offering free internet access to hundreds of London community groups keen to help people improve their IT skills and boost their career prospects.

BT noted that one in six British adults have still never been online, which threatens to isolate them from an increasingly digital world.

Chet Patel, BT's London Regional Director, said connecting people is "at the heart of BT" and so it is important for the firm to address the digital divide.

"The internet can make a staggering difference to people’s lives whether it is helping them into employment or offering them new leisure and educational opportunities," he stated.

"We really want to encourage as many community groups as possible to apply for this award and discover the fantastic opportunities that the internet offers."

In the last two years BT has provided free internet connections to more than 380 community groups, which have given more than 6,900 new users access to broadband services.

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