Broadband, home phone and digital TV provider BT has announced plans to launch a
nationwide survey to identify regions with the strongest demand for
high-speed fibre broadband services.
The firm said that the first-of-its-kind study, Race to
Infinity, will help map potential demand for broadband and identify
"hot spots" for the technology which it said will influence its
future roll out plans.
The announcement follows BT's plans to deliver fibre broadband
technology to two-thirds of the UK by 2015, with four million
premises being covered by the end of 2010.
BT said that by participating in the survey, communities will
have the opportunity to make their voices heard and influence the
firm's decision about where else to deploy the remaining 12 million
or so connections.
Gavin Patterson, chief executive, BT Retail,
"We want to hear from towns and villages across the UK to help
to influence BT's future deployment plans."
Communications minister Ed Vaizey
"Whenever I travel around the UK I hear the same message -
people want access to superfast broadband in their
"I warmly welcome any initiative that will lead to private
sector investment in fibre networks, and applaud the way BT is
engaging consumers to ensure that investment reaches the people who
want it the most."