Race for Superfast broadband

People in Laurencekirk are being urged to vote for fibre optic broadband in BT’s ‘Race to Infinity’ before time runs out on New Year’s Eve.

The unique race was launched on October 1 this year to encourage people to register their demand for the super-fast service, and voting ends on December 31, 2010.

BT has pledged to upgrade the five exchanges with the highest percentage of votes, subject to a minimum 1,000 votes. The company will also engage with any community where at least 75 per cent of homes and businesses have voted for super-fast broadband.

As the competition enters its final stages, BT Scotland director Brendan Dick is calling on local people to visit www.bt.com/racetoinfinity <http://www.bt.com/racetoinfinity> to register a vote – and have their say in where BT’s planned £2.5 billion deployment of super-fast broadband goes next.

“Every vote does count because, whether communities win the race or not, each vote is an indication of demand for the next generation of broadband in Laurencekirk.

“The data collected by BT will be used in planning where the roll-out goes next. While we have always been clear that it will take public sector support to reach the parts of the country where the economics just don’t add up, any evidence we collect that shows levels of demand will help make the case for investment.

“There are already large areas of the UK where partnerships have been put in place to deliver super-fast services to largely rural communities. BT is making multi-million pound investments in such initiatives in Cornwall and Northern Ireland, and Laurencekirk should not miss out.”

More than 270,000 votes have already been cast right across the UK, from the most northerly parts of Scotland to the south of England. The five winning areas will be upgraded by early 2012 at the latest.

Laurencekirk businessman David Clark has urged businesses and individuals in Laurencekirk to register in the Race to Infinity.

He says the introduction of superfast broadband would be a huge boost to the area.