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BT has named the two leaders in its ongoing Race to Infinity, launched last month to assess demand for high-speed broadband in rural areas.

Since October, people living in the countryside have been able to vote for their village or town to be included in BT's £2.5 billion network upgrade project.

The internet service provider has pledged to prioritise the five locations which receive the highest number of votes, allowing local people to gain access to enhanced web services at an earlier stage than would otherwise be possible.

According to BT, the first two settlements to pass the 1,000-vote mark are Caxton in Cambridgeshire and Malvern in Worcestershire.

More than 200,000 votes have been cast in the Race to Infinity so far, although the competition is running up until the end of December meaning there is still time for the rankings to change.

According to BT, four million UK homes and businesses will be able to access broadband speeds of up to 100Mb by the end of 2010, as the firm continues its upgrade work.

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