BT will bring super-fast broadband to 41 market towns across the UK as its fibre-optic network rollout continues, it has been announced.
The internet service provider has revealed the latest round of locations set to benefit from higher broadband speeds, as its £2.5 billion national infrastructure upgrade continues.
Among the towns set to benefit are Bishop Auckland, Dalkeith and Pontycymmer, with 300,000 businesses and households included in the latest upgrade plans.
Commenting on the news, Steve Robertson, Chief Executive of BT Openreach, said BT wanted to extend its fibre footprint and the benefits the technology brings to more rural areas.
"The inclusion of 41 market towns in our roll-out plan firmly demonstrates our commitment to finding solutions for local communities," he stated.
"However, in many cases, this will require a collective effort. An infrastructure project on this scale - arguably as important to the future of the UK as the road or rail networks - can only be done in partnership."
Mr Robertson said BT was keen to enter discussions with any public or private sector organisations with an interest in supporting the delivery of rural fibre broadband.