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Virgin Media has announced the ten locations that will receive fibre-based ultrafast broadband through its Project Lightning programme.

Fibre broadband offering speeds of up to 300Mbps will be delivered directly to these premises as part of the provider's £4 billion network expansion.

The technology will be deployed in Kirknewton in West Lothian, Houston, Crosslee, Craigends and Brookfield in Renfrewshire, Bridge of Weir in Renfrewshire and Ratby in Leicestershire.

Virgin Media will also connect Wilsden in West Yorkshire, Kilmacolm in Inverclyde, Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire, Lightwater in Surrey, Hartley Wintney and Phoenix Green in Hampshire and Oakley in Dorset.

Paul Buttery, Chief Operating Officer at Virgin Media, commented: "This is truly people-powered connectivity. 

"The collective support and demand from across the UK has exceeded our expectations and we’re delighted to be supercharging these ten areas with ultrafast fibre broadband and top notch entertainment."

Mr Buttery stressed that investing and delivering better connectivity in these communities demonstrates how ultrafast broadband is not just for the big cities.

He has therefore urged more communities to register their interest, as they could be next in line to be equipped with the technology.

Ed Vaizey, the Digital Economy Minister, added that the ultrafast broadband rollout is "fantastic news" for the communities that have been chosen.

"I'm particularly pleased to see almost half of them are in Scotland," he said.

"Continued commercial investment like Virgin Media's Project Lightning, together with the rollout being delivered by the UK government and local authorities, means more UK homes and businesses will benefit from faster speeds, whether they're in the remote countryside or in city centres."

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