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Malvern praised for BT fibre broadband campaign

Friday, January 7th 2011 by Editorial
The town only just missed out on one of the winning spots in BT's Race to Infinity.

BT's regional director for the West Midlands has praised the efforts of Malvern residents and businesses towards campaigning for fibre optic broadband.

The town narrowly missed out on a top-six finish in the telecoms giant's recent Race to Infinity initiative, reports the Worcester News, with the winning communities set to get access to the technology over the coming months.

Despite failing to be one of the victorious locations, Malvern still managed to catch the eyes of John Dovey from BT, who commented: "They've done a brilliant job."

He insisted the work done by local lobbyists to urge their fellow residents to vote in the campaign would not prove to be wasted, explaining: "Their efforts haven't been in vain because their votes will help influence our plans in future."

Some 360,000 votes were cast in the Race to Infinity before it ended on New Year's Eve, with BT Retail chief executive Gavin Patterson stating the scheme "really captured people's imagination".