Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge & West Devon is calling for all households within his constituency to take part in the BT Race to Infinity competition for better broadband speeds.
The Race to Infinity is a nationwide competition run by BT Retail whereby members of the public and local businesses can register their interest in superfast broadband with the chance of getting their exchange enabled with fibre optic broadband as the prize.
The MP is calling for everyone in his constituency who wants better broadband to vote and warns the competition is only open until the end of December 2010. The five exchanges with the most votes nationally (as a percentage of lines per exchange subject to a threshold of 1,000 votes) will be subsequently enabled by early 2012. BT will also give a donation of computer equipment, worth £5,000 to a local community project.
Geoffrey told the Devon Week: “This is a national competition, and in order to be in with a chance, a telephone exchange area must gather the most votes as a percentage of the lines available. For example there are I believe 6051 households with the Tavistock area 01822 telephone code, and if they want to be in with a chance of getting fibre optic broadband, they have to vote.”
He continued: “I have already voted and hope that at least one telephone exchange area within my constituency wins this competition. I have talked to so many constituents and local businesses that are affected by poor internet speeds, and feel that this is an opportunity we in the rural areas particularly should take advantage of. Superfast Broadband will be essential for attracting new businesses to our area and only those towns with the highest votes will be guaranteed the upgrade.”