The majority of Britons now see having personal internet access as essential.
This is according to new research from Ofcom, which found 57 per cent of individuals view the web in this way.
It also revealed 82 per cent of households in the country have internet access. However, cost can be a barrier to web use, with seven per cent of the people surveyed saying they would like to have a broadband connection but cannot afford to.
Ofcom claimed action needs to be taken to ensure people from all areas of society are able to access essential communication services like the web.
It made a number of suggestions about how this could be achieved, such as improving links between debt charities and communication providers and boosting awareness of the most affordable deals.
Claudio Pollack, Ofcom's consumer group director, said: "We're working to ensure that all consumers can benefit from the communications services which are most important for modern life."