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Six villages to get fibre broadband by early 2012

Ian Grant

The winners of BT's Race to Infinity for villages to get access to a 40Mbps fibre to the cabinet broadband service are:

  • Baschurch, Shropshire
  • Blewbury, Oxfordshire
  • Caxton, Cambridgeshire
  • Innerleithen, Scottish Borders
  • Madingley, Cambridgeshire
  • Whitchurch, Hampshire

Their new fast service should be live by early 2012, BT said.

BT invited residents living in villages with more than 1,000 exchange lines to apply to get their local exchange upgraded to fibre-based broadband. This was to supplement BT's previously announced £2.5bn programme to roll out broadband to two-thirds of UK premises.

The three-month "competition" attracted more than 360,000 votes, BT said. BT's Openreach subsidiary will now survey the winning areas to assess and plan fibre deployment.

Several areas just missed out. They were Marton in Warwickshire, Capel in Surrey, Burley in Wharfedale in Bradford and Lindfield in West Sussex.

BT earlier promised "to engage" with any community where at least 75% of homes and businesses voted for their exchange. This was to see if those exchanges could be included in future commercial fibre roll-outs or if they could be subvented by public sector money or community guarantees.


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