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Internet Service Provider in putting small towns first shocker!

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Virgin Rural

Virgin Media has announced a new wave of 30 small communities in England and Wales who’ll soon be able to benefit from the firm’s fastest broadband speeds.

The announcement comes after local residents and businesses voted online for their area to receive ultrafast fibre speeds of up to 200Mbps delivered straight to the premises.

See also: How do check broadband speeds using your postcode

It’s all part of Virgin’s Supercharging Local Communities initiative, which was launched earlier this year and represents a £3 billion investment on the path to completion by spring 2017.

The initiative represents refreshing change for internet service providers, who’ve traditionally focused on bringing the fastest speeds to the big towns and cities.

The 30 communities are:

Windlesham (Surrey)

Sutton Courtenay (Oxfordshire)

Balsall Common (West Midlands)

Old Basing (Hampshire)

Oakley (Hampshire)

Farnham Common (Buckinghamshire)

Wargrave (Berkshire)

Lickey, Catshill, Marlbrook & Barnt Green (Worcestershire)

Cullingworth (West Yorkshire)

Shrivenham (Oxfordshire)

Baddesley Ensor (Warwickshire)

Harden (West Yorkshire)

Broughton Astley (Leicestershire)

Grimethorpe (South Yorkshire)

Wigginton & Haxby (North Yorkshire)

Copmanthorpe (North Yorkshire)

Grassmoor (Derbyshire)

Pontyclun (Rhondda)

Darfield (South Yorkshire)

Talke & Talke Pits (Staffordshire)

Cudworth (South Yorkshire)

Duffield (Derbyshire)

Shafton (South Yorkshire)

Denham (Buckinghamshire)

Llanharry (Rhondda)

Marcham (Oxfordshire)

North Leigh (Oxfordshire)

Repton (Derbyshire)

North Cornelly (Bridgend)

Watchfield (Oxfordshire)

Interested members of an underserved community can head to the Cable My Street website to nominate their town to be among the next to benefit.

Paul Buttery, COO at Virgin Media said: “By bringing fibre to the parishes and smaller communities, it shows that ultrafast broadband and top-notch TV isn’t just for big cities. We have been overwhelmed by the response from the local communities and as a result we have decided to speed up our network expansion plans, to connect the next 30 villages by spring 2017. But we won’t stop there – we urge more people to come forward and tell us where we should expand to next.”

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