50Mbps broadband sound like a distant future? Not if you live in Ashford, Folkestone or Dover. The Virgin Media trial for the 50Mbps broadband service may be available to you if you live in one of these areas.
Ashford has entered upon "Phase 2", with 50Mbps service available to all Virgin Media customers in the area for £47 a month (the charge is in place of any existing cable modem service charges). The trial will run from the 1st of October until the 31st of December. For the conditions, and to sign up, see here.
Folkestone is also currently running a free trial until the beginning of October, after which you can either switch back to your existing service, or pay a subscription fee (expected to be in line with the Ashford charge) to receive the 50Mbps service. Sign up here.
Dover will be running the trial and service should be available from the start of October 2007. No pricing details have been announced as yet. Details and sign up form for Dover are here.