Internet service provider BT has announced plans to deliver super-fast broadband to a further 156 locations across the UK.
More than 1.5 million households and business premises will be included in the latest fibre broadband rollout, to be undertaken by BT Openreach.
The majority of the sites will receive their network upgrades by the end of 2011, but 50 are scheduled to be fibre-enabled by the summer.
Included among the 156 locations unveiled today are the ten Race to Infinity competition winners - the rural villages which demonstrated the highest level of consumer demand for super-fast broadband in last autumn's poll.
David Campbell, Managing Director of Next-Generation Access for BT Openreach, said the firm's £2.5 billion fibre upgrade programme is "well underway".
He noted that four million premises are now able to order a fibre-based broadband service from their chosen broadband provider.
"We'll continue to work closely with industry and local and devolved authorities around the country in deciding where to deploy the technology next," he stated.
BT has pledged to deliver super-fast broadband to two-thirds of the UK population by 2015.