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Todmorden in West Yorkshire has become the first area in the UK to reach its trigger level to be converted to broadband.

According to ADSLGuide it hit the magic 200 mark at around 10.15am this morning.

Today's milestone comes despite Todmorden having a clutch of registrations deleted from its total after it was found that someone had artificially inflated the numbers.

Commenting on the first a spokesman for BT Wholesale said it was "great news" and he hoped the success would help stimulate demand in other areas.

He added that it supported BT's strategy of ensuring that there is sufficient demand in an area before it makes a financial commitment to invest in converting an exchange to DSL.

However, while Net users in Todmorden are no doubt cockahoop at today's success, they are still a long way off from hooking up to ADSL.

ISPs now have six weeks to sign up 75 per cent - 150 users in this case - of those pre-registrations into firm orders.

If that hurdle is passed, then the Todmorden exchange should be converted in around three months. ®

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