BT reveals leaders in fibre broadband contest
BT has revealed the communities showing the most enthusiasm for high-speed fibre broadband in its Race to Infinity survey.
The ISP is running the contest to gauge demand for its super-fast broadband across the UK. The five areas that earn the most votes will win a broadband upgrade for their community.
Six weeks in, the race is lead by Caxton in Cambridgeshire and Malvern in Worcestershire. The pair are the first to pass the 1,000 vote mark required to be eligible to win the super-fast broadband rollout, but the final winners will be based on the percentage of votes out of the total possible for the area.
At last check, BT said Caxton had 1,098 votes while Malvern had 1,020.
In third place is Burley-in-Wharfedale, Bradford, with 902 votes, followed by Hastings, East Sussex with 798 and Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria with 793.
The ISP added it will “engage with any community” that wins votes from three-quarters of its homes and businesses, giving rural areas too small to reach the 1,000 vote mark another way to get BT’s attention.
BT said 200,000 votes have been cast in the survey, which ends on 31 December. Winning areas will be upgraded to super-fast broadband by early 2012, BT has promised.
Of the 5,600 exchanges across the UK, BT already has plans to roll out super-fast broadband to 728.