BT increases Race to Infinity winners to 10

Superfast broadband is coming to four new communities thanks to BT’s Race to Infinity.

BT broadband has extended the number of winning communities in its Race to Infinity to 10, adding four new areas to the original line-up.

The competition originally set out the find five communities where demand for superfast broadband was highest, but with an "overwhelming response" and more than 360,000 votes cast across the country, BT extended the number of winners.

The latest winners, in addition to the six areas already chosen, are:

  • Burley in Wharfedale, Yorkshire
  • Capel in Surrey
  • Lindfield in West Sussex
  • Marton in Warwickshire.

Homes in these areas will be able to receive speeds of up to 40Mb broadband by early 2012 at the latest, said BT.

A BT spokesman said: "The Race to Infinity received a tremendous response. We decided to extend the list of winners to the 'top ten' because of the exceptional passion and commitment shown by local campaigners and residents.

The company added that even areas that did not win still contributed to the roll-out plans. "No vote was wasted," said the spokesman. "The race has provided invaluable information as we roll-out the technology across the country. Potential demand is an important factor influencing our plans."

BT Infinity offers speeds of up to 40Mb on two packages. Option 1 comes with 2Mb uploads and a 40GB monthly download allowance, while Option 2 offers some of the fastest uploads in the country at up to 10Mb and an "unlimited broadband" download allowance, subject to a fair usage policy.

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