Connections

NCREN is more than a network; it’s a community for North Carolina. MCNC is about helping make those connections.

For nearly 30 years, MCNC has remained proactive in meeting the communication and broadband infrastructure needs for community anchor institutions in North Carolina. MCNC has three key roles: convener, broker, and facilitator. MCNC now has an infrastructure on the North Carolina Research and Education Network that can scale bandwidth and the service delivery needs in communities across the state while providing agile and responsive services that support and enhance economic development, education, health care, collaboration, and innovation in the 21st century.

Investing into North Carolina’s Highway of Innovation

MCNC has invested nearly $35 million over the last 10 years in the upkeep of NCREN. This investment has kept the network leading edge. In 2013, MCNC will complete a $144 million expansion of NCREN that uses no state funds. Through its operation of NCREN, MCNC is the network provider in North Carolina for research and community anchor institutions in the education, health care, and government sectors.

MCNC is advancing North Carolina

Research and education networks like NCREN are geared to a niche marketplace. NCREN shows us what big broadband is and how big broadband can be used. MCNC also levels the educational playing field through NCREN by offering access to 21st century technologies to ensure all citizens are prepared to work and live in a global economy – regardless of location. MCNC will continue to offer unmatched value in base connectivity services as well as advanced services to the NCREN community; enhancing information flow to the community, and enhancing opportunities for collaboration among and between community members. The provision of advanced services also will create value and growth for private companies choosing to operate within the NCREN community.

NCREN is North Carolina’s community anchor network

MCNC operates NCREN with integrity, creativity, transparency, and efficiency. Operational and financial transparency enables more effective community building, and is a key distinguishing characteristic of a well-run research and community anchor network.

If you’re interested in learning how you can connect with MCNC, please contact us.