Third of Brits shun the Net

Can't be done with it

A third of Britain's population isn't bothered with the Internet and neither wants or needs it at home.

According to Consumers' use of Internet: Oftel residential survey Q4 February 2001 which has just been released, 34 per cent of homes are connected to the Net. A further 15 per cent of people said they were likely to be connecting soon.

A similar number of people said they would like to get hooked up to but claimed that the cost of hardware, telephone call and subscriptions prevented them from doing so.

The survey found that 36 per cent of people said they don't want or need the Net at home mirroring similar findings in the US.

Elsewhere, the report found that Freeserve is Britain's most popular ISP although its slice of the market in the UK has narrowed from 29 per cent in July 2000 to just 21 per cent in February 2001.

During the same period AOL UK increased its market share from 8 per cent 13 per cent.

BTinternet's increase is even more dramatic jumping from 5 per cent in July 2000 to 12 per cent in February 2001. ®

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