Five rural communities in South Oxfordshire – Blewbury, Upton, West Hagbourne, Aston Tirrold and Aston Upthorpe have registered more than 1000 votes in ‘Race to Infinity’ survey to help their local exchange to be considered for BT’s fibre optic broadband upgrade within next two years.
Blewbury village which has around 1,200 telephone connections and getting normal internet speeds, saw more than 83% of its residents voting for high speed broadband service.
“It is not all that long ago that the village didn’t even have broadband at all, but we won that fight to get it installed and we are mobilising people this time to get out and vote for an even better service.” Alan Cooper, chairman of Blewbury Parish Council told the BBC News.
Other villages that received more votes in the Race include Caxton in Cambridgeshire (83.5%) and Castleton in Newport (70%).
BT’s ‘Race to Infinity’ survey will run until 31st December 2010 to find out the top five exchanges in rural locations with the highest demand for faster broadband.
The Race to Infinity results will help BT determine where fibre broadband will be deployed in the coming years, the internet service provider said.