Hereford and Worcester internet users must demonstrate need for super-fast broadband

Internet users in the region must demonstrate local demand for super-fast fibre broadband by taking part in a nationwide BT survey, run as a competition called the Race to Infinity. The "winning" areas will be upgraded by early 2012 at the latest. The race – which runs until December 31st 2010 at - will map demand for fibre broadband across the UK, helping BT identify "hot spots" where demand is high.

The data will be used to influence the company’s future deployment plans. 

BT says it will upgrade the five exchanges with the highest demand 1 by early 2012 at the latest.  The company is also pledging to engage with any community not winning the competition where at least 75 per cent of homes and businesses have voted for super-fast broadband. All possibilities of bringing fibre broadband to the area will be explored.

BT says it will have made super-fast broadband available to 4 million premises by the end of 2010, but it will still have more than 12 million further premises to reach as part of its plan to deliver fibre broadband to two thirds of the UK by 2015. By taking part in the survey, communities will have the opportunity to make their voices heard as the company decides where else to deploy the technology.

Participants can vote for fibre broadband on the Race to Infinity website, which will show the number and percentage of votes received for each exchange. The site will display the top five exchanges leading the race as exchanges hit 1,000 votes.

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