BT to roll out fibre broadband to six rural areas by 2012

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BT will install fibre broadband in six rural communities, having invited participants to make the case for broadband installation in their regions
BT said this week it would roll out fibre optic broadband to six rural communities across the UK by the end of 2012.

The announcement came after the results of the company’s “Race to Infinity” competition, in which communities were invited to put a case for their areas to have broadband installed, were announced.

Baschurch in Shropshire, Blewbury in Oxfordshire, Caxton and Madingley in Cambridgeshire, Innerleithen on the Scottish Borders and Whitchurch in Hampshire received the most amount of votes and will now undergo a survey by BT Openreach to assess and plan fibre deployment.

BT said during the course of the competition which ran for three months until December 31 2010 it received over 360,000 votes from across the country.

Gavin Patterson chief executive BT Retail said: “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.”

BT has pledged to invest £2.5 billion in order to provide “two thirds” of the UK by 2015 is also planning a technical trial of 1GB broadband speeds in Kesgrave Suffolk and is including up to 40 rural market towns in the next phase of its super-fast fibre broadband rollout.

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