Partners & Affiliates

NC Broadband

NC Broadband, a division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, is dedicated to encouraging the adoption and use of broadband Internet, identifying unserved and underserved areas and working to promote greater broadband availability across the state. The broadband division is primarily responsible for carrying out a federal grant to map where broadband is available in North Carolina, provide technical assistance to communities through local broadband planning efforts, to conduct research and track broadband policy issues, and to implement a pilot program designed to explore the barriers to Internet subscription by low-income households

Friday Institute

The William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University brings together students, teachers, researchers, policy-makers, educational professionals, and other community members for fostering collaborations to improve education. The Friday Institute conducts research, develops educational resources, provides professional development programs for educators, advocates to improve teaching and learning, and helps inform policy-making.

North Carolina Department of Information Technology (DIT)

The North Carolina Department of Information Technology (DIT) provides technology services to state agencies, local governments, and educational institutions across North Carolina. IT services include hosting, network and video services, telecommunications, and enterprise services such as e-mail and calendaring.

Golden LEAF Foundation

The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina’s economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina’s funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,110 grants worth over $511 million since its inception. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit or call (888) 684.8404.

North Carolina TeleHealth Network (NCTN)

The NCTN is a dedicated network for health care organizations that uses both the NC Research and Education Network (NCREN) infrastructure and the North Carolina Department of Information Technology (DIT) network infrastructure to provide optimal highly reliable, cost-efficient services. The NCTN provides healthcare institutions with the network infrastructure required to utilize a diverse set of telehealth and healthcare applications and serves the high-bandwidth, low latency network needs of health practitioners and researchers throughout North Carolina.