MCNC's 2nd Annual 12 Days of Broadband

Welcome to the 2nd Annual 12 Days of Broadband

MCNC, the private, not-for-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) is pleased to launch the second annual “12 Days of Broadband” running between Dec. 6 and Dec. 21. MCNC will highlight a dozen innovations directly impacted by the historic expansion of NCREN throughout the month, and showcase how the increasing amount of high-speed broadband connectivity has benefited everyone in the state in 2012 and preview what's to come in 2013. NCREN is the digital highway that allows North Carolinians to thrive in today’s globally-interconnected society. What MCNC has been able to do this year, and in the years to come, is provide the critical infrastructure so all citizens of North Carolina can be successful in work and in life. Happy Holiday from MCNC!

Day 12: North Carolina braces for big data tidal wave

Fast broadband is rumbling on big data's horizons while big bandwidth is necessary to spur innovation and productivity. Is North Carolina’s broadband infrastructure ready for this explosion of data as information begins to arrive from everywhere at any time? Read more



Day 11: Connectivity is key to our digital future

Where have we been? Where are we now? And, where are we going? These questions among others are the basis for the work at the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University. Read more




Day 10: NTIA says broadband key to economic development

High-speed Internet access and adoption is as essential to business today as other services like water, sewer or electricity, according to congressional testimony provided in July from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Read more



Day 9: Broadband can reduce energy consumption by 2%

The Global e-Sustainability Initiative published new research this year revealing how broadband use may help reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in the United States as well as in five other European countries. Read more



Day 8: High-speed Internet key to today's public library

Internet access at public libraries is a valuable asset for economic recovery. According to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, it is the most sought-after public library service available today and is used by more than half of all library visitors nationwide. Read more



Day 7: Where does bandwidth fall in the innovation equation?

Blair Levin is one of the premier communications strategists in the country who led in the creation of the National Broadband Plan. He now serves as executive director of Gig.U, a next-gen network that many believe could lead to next-gen opportunities in RTP. His remarks this summer during an exclusive interview remain of great value to the networking community, which is why it was chosen to represent the seventh day of this year’s 12 Days of Broadband.Read more

Day 6: Network expansion boosts video, cloud services for MCNC

People connecting with people through technology can yield great collaborations. In February of this year, MCNC announced significant advancements on NCREN thanks in part to the $144 million expansion of the network through the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative. Those upgrades included HD videoconferencing, TelePresence, Movi, and other managed/shared services with a newly upgraded NCREN Services Catalog. Read more

Day 5: White House recognizes MCNC as ‘Champion of Change’

MCNC President and CEO Joe Freddoso and Merit Network President and CEO Donald Welch were among 11 leaders honored at the White House as “Champions of Change” in February. The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative to highlight community leaders for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities. Read more

Day 4: North Carolina adds 25 new CeCTOs in schools

Twenty-three school technology directors in North Carolina along with two representatives from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) have successfully completed the 2012 Certified Educational Chief Technology Officer (CeCTO) program offered through a partnership between NCDPI, UNC School of Government’s Center for Public Technology, and MCNC. Now that the program has finished its third year, North Carolina currently has a total of 83 CeCTOs in action throughout the state. Read more

Day 3: Internet demand continues to rise in education

Even without Common Core Standards being adopted throughout most of the U.S., Internet connectivity and consumption in education will continue to increase – already doing so in North Carolina ever year for the last five years. Common Core will push schools to administer “next generation” assessments almost exclusively online – with an accompanying commitment to use more digital resources. Read more

Day 2: Broadband and health care in North Carolina

As health care begins to depend more on Health Information Exchanges, Electronic Medical Records and Internet-enabled research for the next great cures, the North Carolina TeleHealth Network (NCTN) will serve the high-bandwidth, low-latency network needs of health practitioners and researchers throughout North Carolina. The NCTN continues to even the playing field when it comes to broadband connectivity in rural areas of the state with now 85 active sites on the network and more than 20 additional sites anticipated to join by 2013. Read more

Day 1: MCNC completes first phase of Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative

Diverse, plentiful and sustainable broadband infrastructure is as necessary a foundation for equity of access to education, better health care, economic acceleration, and job growth as the interstate highway system was in the 1950s. The first phase of expanding the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) through the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative was complete in April. With the second and final phase of the project scheduled for completion in spring 2013, North Carolina will soon have an infrastructure that will scale to exceed the needs of the digital world for the next decade and beyond. Read more

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