Technology: Internet spreads its web

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One in 25 households in the UK now have an Internet connection, according to a survey released yesterday.

The number of home users has more than doubled from just under 400,000 in June 1996 to 960,000 a year later, claims the latest Internet User Profile Survey published by the NOP Research Group. Among those who have used the Internet, only 4 per cent of those surveyed said they intended to stop doing so in the near future. The survey also said that 6 million adults in the UK used the Internet in the year ending June 1997 - but about 9 million are expected to do so in the year ending June 1998.