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Broadband provider BT has increased the number of winners in its Race to Infinity competition from six to ten, it has been revealed.

The internet service provider (ISP) announced the original winning entrants in January, revealing which villages had qualified for an early connection to its fibre broadband network.

In the competition, consumers were invited to vote for their town or village to be prioritised for a fibre upgrade, with the settlements receiving the highest proportion of eligible votes being added to BT's deployment list.

Soon after announcing the results, the ISP said it would consider providing a fibre upgrade to some of the Race to Infinity's unlucky losers, since a high level of demand for super-fast broadband had been demonstrated.

BT has now pledged to link up four more communities to its next-generation network - Burley-in-Wharfedale in West Yorkshire, Capel in Surrey, Lindfield in West Sussex and Marton in Warwickshire.

"We decided to extend the list of winners to the top ten because of the exceptional passion and commitment shown by local campaigners and residents," said John Anderson, BT's Regional Director for Yorkshire and the Humber.

"We are very grateful to everybody in the UK who helped show the level of demand for super-fast broadband in their communities by registering with the Race to Infinity."

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