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Tweeddale MP David Mundell has praised the fighting spirit of the Innerleithen community after the Borders town secured high-speed broadband.

BT has pledged to hook Innerleithen and the surrounding communities up to its next-generation fibre network by 2012 after it finished in sixth place in the Race to Infinity.

The town's success – as Scotland's only winning candidate – had been jeopardised shortly before the voting deadline on December 31st, after 278 votes were struck off for being invalid.

However, the Southern Reporter explained how local people rallied round to secure additional votes and cement its place in a winning spot.

Mr Mundell commented that the success was "great news" for Innerleithen, Cardrona, Traquair, and the Glen, and came as the result of "a tremendous effort" by everybody in the area.

He noted that world-class broadband will be brought to the local exchange ahead of nearly every other small community in the whole of the UK.

"It was a fantastic achievement and is a real example of community spirit in action by all those who worked so hard to make sure Innerleithen topped the poll," Mr Mundell told the news provider.

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