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TalkTalk has welcomed new figures pointing to a rise in levels of broadband adoption in the UK last year.

The government’s latest Internet Access Quarterly Update shows that 780,000 British adults went online for the first time during 2012.

By the end of the year there were 7.42 million adults who had never used the internet, down from 8.2 million at the end of 2011.

Tristia Clarke, Executive Commercial Director at TalkTalk, described the figures as "greatly encouraging".

"We hope during the coming months even more people will take their first steps online," she stated.

However, Ms Clarke noted that the people who could benefit the most from being online continue to be the least likely to have access.

"More than half of these digitally excluded adults are classified as disabled, which means a third of disabled people have never used the internet," she said.

Ms Clarke noted that the elderly and those on low incomes are also less likely to have used the internet.

TalkTalk is a founding partner of Go On UK, a charity that aims to make Britain the most digitally skilled country in the world.

The service provider has an ongoing partnership with Microsoft, offering discounted computers and broadband packages to those who struggle to afford internet access.

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