Six communities around the country have been named as the winners of BT broadband's Race to Infinity and will soon enjoy fibre optic broadband speeds of up to 40Mb.
The company was initially only going to choose the five areas with the most votes, but BT said that the competition had proved so popular, with more than 360,000 votes cast across the UK, that it increased the number of winners to six.
The winning communities are:
- Baschurch, Shropshire
- Blewbury, Oxfordshire
- Caxton, Cambridgeshire
- Innerleithen, Scottish Borders
- Madingley, Cambridgeshire
- Whitchurch, Hampshire
Gavin Patterson, CEO of BT Retail, said: "The Race to Infinity really captured people's imagination. Congratulations to the winners and commiserations to those who haven't been successful, but all their efforts haven't been in vain because their votes will help influence our plans in the future," he said.
BT Infinity offers superfast internet at speeds of up to40Mb broadband, with uploads at up to 10Mb.
John Buckley, campaigner for Whitchurch in Hampshire, added: "Our success in the Race to Infinity is great news for Whitchurch. It will make the town a better place for home working and as a business location."
BT has promised that it will engage with all areas where at least 75% of homes and businesses voted for an upgrade - even if they did not win the race.
Commercially viable exchanges could be included in BT's future rollout plans, which will cover two-thirds of homes and businesses by 2015, while public money might be used to hook smaller areas up to the fibre network.