BT is set to give communities a voice when it comes to determining where it runs fibre broadband. The telecoms company is to run a survey, dubbed The Race to Infinity, that will ask residents to express their interest in fibre technology, to help BT determine where its priorities are going to lie.

An in an X Factor-style twist, BT is promising that the five exchanges that garner the highest level of public support will be converted to support fibre by 2012, a move that could see the company altering its conversion schedule. BY has also indicated a willingness to talk to any community about its options to convert to fibre.

BT has been overhauling its infrastructure in the last couple of years and claims to be on course for bringing fibre broadband within reach of four million premises by the end of the year. However, the company has still to reach more than 12 million further premises to make good its intentions to deliver fibre broadband to two thirds of the UK by 2015

Gavin Patterson, BT Retail chief executive said: "The Race to Infinity is an opportunity for the country to make its voice heard. BT will have rolled out fibre to more than four million homes by the end of 2010 but it'll still have more than 12 million premises to pass by 2015. We want to hear from towns and villages across the UK and so I would encourage people to take part and register their interest.