Around 45% of the Brazilian population has never had access to the World Wide Web, a survey published by local ICT study centre Cetic and reproduced by BNAmericas, has found. Cetic’s report claims that a massive 77% of Brazilians living in rural parts of the country have so far been denied internet access, although the figure is a much lower 39% in urban areas. The highest rate of internet penetration was found in the Southeast region, while by contrast the rate jumped to 56% in the Northern region. Additionally, the survey confirmed that whilst only 5% of those in Brazil’s highest social class ‘A’ (i.e. the richest in terms of income) had never had internet access, the figure leaps to 80% for those in the lowest, ‘DE’ class.