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BT send out race to infinity e-mail by mistake
Friday 08 October 2010 10:27:28 by John Hunt

BT have mistakenly sent out an e-mail update showing that 5 London exchanges are leading The Race To Infinity, BT retails scheme to allow its customers to vote for telephone exchanges that should be upgraded to fibre broadband technology. The e-mail was sent as a test of the system.

Users should rest assured that the exchanges listed are not those with the most number of votes, they are the first 5 exchanges when listed alphabetically by exchange code. Indeed, Canonbury was enabled for fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) earlier this year in January.

To vote for your exchange, visit The Race To Infinity website.


Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
So this was a test of the system but for what purpose? Will people who have voted get e-mail updates on the voting progress of their exchange then?
Posted by dilus over 6 years ago
I'm hoping there is a booby prize of FTTP if you turn out to be the only voter on your exchange :)
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
A second email was sent to people apologising. They plan on only sending out league table of top 5 once they have 5 exchanges past the 1000 mark.
Posted by John_ON over 6 years ago
Amazing that some exchanges already have votes over 20% and others, like mine, are struggling with 0.07%

You could almost be forgiven for thinking that some people knew about the scheme in advance.
Posted by MarkHampshire over 6 years ago
"Be one of the first in the UK to enjoy super fast fibre optic broadband"? It's available in half the UK already, and has been for a fair while now. George Orwell wrote about this kind of propaganda.
Posted by johnbeyond over 6 years ago
There is a full Race to Infinity league table online at Race To Infinity and Beyond at
Posted by madreddog over 6 years ago
This is just BT paying lip service to the noise of the masses anyway so what's the point? According to an Openreach engineer I know, the list has already been sorted out. They've told us the first few hundred but the rest have just not been disclosed yet and staff have been sworn to secrecy.
Posted by chefbyte over 6 years ago
And I just heard that VM are doing the cabling LOL
Posted by Dixinormous over 6 years ago
FTTC isn't even close to being available in half the UK?

No VM aren't doing the cabling, they don't even do their own cabling in new areas so aren't going to be doing BT's for them.
Posted by Dixinormous over 6 years ago
Or John that exchange with over 20% is a relatively small exchange, only ~1600 lines, and someone has been busy campaigning there?
Posted by New_Londoner over 6 years ago
@madreddog "According to an Openreach engineer I know, the list has already been sorted out."

Interesting but this is not being run by Openreach! Difficult to have a predetermined outcome to a public vote, and what if other service providers do something similar?
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
I think Marks half the country was in reference to VM. As for this OR engineer in the know are you sure this race is was what he was talking about and not the "big list" (my own words) there is already a planned rollout that is drip fed to the public this Infinity race is separate to that
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