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October 8, 2010

BT drops London clanger in Race to Infinity table

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by Darren Allan

BT has made a bit of a faux-pas with an email the company sent out detailing how things are going in the early stages of the Race to Infinity.

If you missed the launch of BT‘s race campaign at the beginning of this week, it’s a scheme where the public can vote on which places are next in line to receive an upgrade to fibre based broadband in the UK.

The more votes an exchange area receives, the further up the table it goes, and the top five are guaranteed to get a mix of FTTC and FTTP broadband by early 2012. Other areas which do well may also be moved forward in BT’s overall upgrade schedule (which aims to get two-thirds of UK premises on its fibre network by 2015).

Anyway, the email in question showed that the current top five exchanges were Bermondsey, Bishopsgate, Canonbury, Clerkenwell and Covent Garden, the Register reports. All areas of central London, although as the Register points out, one of these already has fibre, and one is already scheduled for it.

In fact, this was an error on BT’s part and the top five looks nothing like this, but the mail has still caused outrage in many corners of the net.

BT has been tweeting madly to let folks know the score, for example it told a Miss Moffat on Twitter: “Hey, the London top 5 list was incorrect.” Not much of an apology, but never mind.

According to what we can see on the Race to Infinity site, Aboyne in Aberdeenshire seems to be doing reasonably well in these early stages, having been highlighted on the main map with 9% of the community having cast their vote. And Castleton, Newport is on 13%. There’s still a long way to go, however, as the survey will run until the end of the year.

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  1. This is not the only clanger

    They have also sent out an email to everyone who signed up as interested in being a local champion complete with over 150 email addresses in the cc list

    This is a blatant breach of DPA rules

    BT - not to be trusted with any of your data!

    Comment by privacy wiped — October 14, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

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