A report commissioned by the European Union Commission says that the percentage of European households with Web access has risen from 18 to 28 percent in the 15-nation bloc during the period beginning last March and ending this October. The rate of Net access in Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands, according to the study, exceeds even the 40 percent level in the US. Part of the explanation for the rapid growth in Web use is the falling cost of phone service as competition has forced access rates downward.
In related news, the European Union has passed e-commerce legislation that defines how cross-border disputes are to be handled when dealing with customers in the US. It also gives European consumers the right to sue e-vendors in their own national courts.