Half the UK population remains offline, according to the latest research from telecoms watchdog Oftel.



The regulator has found that net take-up is levelling off, despite a huge increase in the uptake of broadband.



Much of the interest in high-speed net services seems to be coming from people who already have a dial-up connection.



In the past year overall figures for both dial-up and broadband net access at home have remained at around 42% of the population in the UK, according to Oftel.

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