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A million more homes and businesses should be able to get broadband from today after BT lifted line limits and extended the reach of its broadband service.

Until today, anyone further than 6km from their DSL-enabled BT telephone exchange was probably unable to hook-up to the service. BT has ditched this limit and also increased the range of its 1Mb service from 4km to around 6km. Following successful trials in Milton Keynes and in the Scottish Highlands, BT is confident that just about anyone connected to a DSL-enabled exchange can get broadband.

In an email to ISPs BT Wholesale said: "The launch of Long Reach ADSL today means that all line qualification results for 512kbit/s products will be green regardless of the length of the line between the end user and the exchange."

In trials BT found that that three-quarters of long-reach self-installs worked without any problem. Engineers dispatched to the rest were able to hook-up customers to broadband in all but five per cent of cases. ®

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