GLRBI Milestones: Round 1
Aug. 17, 2009: MCNC applies for first round of BTOP funding - 3 days before deadline.
Jan. 20, 2010: MCNC receives $28.2 million in first round of broadband recovery funds ($11.7 million in matching funds including $7.7 million from MCNC Endowment.
March 25, 2010: MCNC applies for second round of BTOP funding - 1 day before deadline.
April 16, 2010: ONUG Communications wins first bid for engineering and design of Round 1 project.
Aug. 18, 2010: MCNC receives $75.75 million in second round of broadband recovery funds ($28.25 million in matching funds including $24 million from Golden LEAF Foundation and $300,000 from MCNC Endowment).
Sept. 8, 2010: CommScope selected to provide materials for Round 1.
Oct. 8, 2010: MCNC breaks ground on Round 1 during a ceremony at CommScope in Hickory.
Oct. 8, 2010: Fiber Technologies, Globe Communications, Comtech, Cisco Systems selected for construction, splicing, and equipment for Round 1.
January 2011: All North Carolina Community Colleges are connected to NCREN.
March 22, 2011: The first 100 miles of conduit is installed on Round 1.
July 1, 2011: Video services infrastructure on NCREN receives upgrade (Cisco Telepresence, HD, more)
Aug. 12, 2011: MCNC hosts a Statewide Virtual Groundbreaking Ceremony in four locations throughout the state to highlight the start of construction on Round 2.
Sept. 1, 2011: East Carolina University receives a 10gig upgrade to network services from Round 1.
Oct. 6, 2011: MCNC introduces new NCREN Community Portal online during Community Day.
November 2011: National Climatic Data Center in Asheville receives 10gig connection from Round 1.
Feb. 12, 2012: Vidant Medical Center is the first not-for-profit hospital connected to N.C. Telehealth Network on NCREN.
Feb. 15, 2012: MCNC recognized as a "Champion of Change" during White House ceremony.
April 27, 2012: Round 1 project is complete (construction is finalized and fiber is lit on new/acquired network).