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BT has announced the winning entries in its Race to Infinity competition, which offered the chance for prioritised broadband upgrades.

Consumers across the UK were invited to vote for their town or village to receive a next-generation broadband network connection ahead of schedule, by 2012 rather than 2015.

The five locations receiving the highest proportion of votes per head of their population were promised an early upgrade.

As it turns out, BT made the award to six communities – one more than initially planned – and these included Baschurch in Shropshire, Blewbury in Oxfordshire and Caxton in Cambridgeshire.

Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders, Madingley in Cambridgeshire and Whitchurch in Hampshire proved to be the other successful entrants.

Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive Office at BT Retail, said the Race to Infinity really captured people's imagination.

"We've been so impressed by the passion and commitment of the people who signed-up to campaign for their areas up and down the country," he stated.

"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."

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